1 The one thing needful, that good part,
Which Mary chose with all her heart,
I would pursue with heart and mind,
And seek unwearied till I find.
2 But, oh! I'm blind and ignorant,
The Spirit of the Lord I want
To guide me in the narrow road,
That leads to happiness and God.
3 O Lord, my God, to thee I pray,
Teach me to know, and find the way,
How I may have my sins forgiven,
And safe, and surely get to heaven.
4 My mind enlighten with thy light,
That I may understand aright
The glorious gospel mystery,
Which shows the way to heaven and thee.
5 Hidden in Christ the treasure lies,
That goodly pearl of so great price;
No other way but Christ, there is
To endless happiness and bliss.
6 O Jesus Christ, my Lord and God,
Who hast redeemed me by thy blood;
Unite my heart so fast to thee,
That we may never parted be.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791