’Tis not the gift, but ’tis the spirit
With which ’tis given,
That on the gift confers a merit,
As seen by Heaven.
’Tis not the prayer, however boldly
It strikes the ear;
It mounts in vain, it falls but coldly
If not sincere.
’Tis not the deeds the loudest lauded
That brightest shine;
There’s many a virtue unapplauded,
And yet divine.
’Tis not the word that sounds the sweetest
That’s soonest heard;
A sigh, when humbled thou retreatest,
May be preferred.
The outward show may be delusive,—
A cheating name;
The inner spirit is conclusive
Of worth or shame.
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #289||The Spirit Giveth Life||'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit||Bowring||4s. M.||1866|
|A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #289||'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit||Bowring||1848|
|Grammar School Hymn Book #d278||'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit||John Bowring||1871|
|Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d741||'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit||John Bowring||1866|
|Songs of the Unity: a Selection of Lyrics for Public Worhip, with Tunes for Congregational Use #d217||'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit||John Bowring||1859|
|The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #191||'T is not the gift, but 't is the spirit||Bowring||1850|
|The Tabernacle #d340||'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit||John Bowring||1862|