1 The Lord receives his highest praise,
From humble minds and hearts sincere;
While all the loud professor says,
Offends the righteous Judge's ear.
2 To walk as children of the day,
To mark his precepts holy light,
To wage the warfare watch and pray,
Shew who are pleasing in his sight.
3 Not words alone it cost the Lord,
To purchase pardon for his own;
Nor will a soul, by grace restored,
Rest in his forms and words alone.
4 Easy indeed it were to reach
A mansion in the courts above,
If watery floods and fluent speech
Might serve, instead of faith and love.
5 But none shall gain the blissful place,
Or God's unclouded glory see;
Who talks of rich and sovereign grace,
Unless from sin he is made free.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799