Worldly Pleasures Renounced

Vain are all terrestrial pleasures

Author: David E. Ford
Published in 49 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Vain are all terrestrial pleasures,
Mixed with dross the purest gold;
Seek we, then, for heavenly treasures,
Treasures never waxing old.

2 Earthly joys can never please us;
Here would we renounce them all;
Seek our only rest in Jesus,
Him our Lord and Master call.

3 Faith, our languid spirits cheering,
Points to brighter worlds above,
Bids us look for His appearing,
Bids us triumph in His love.

4 Thus the Christian life adorning,
Never need we be afraid,
Should He come at night or morning,
Early dawn, or evening shade.

Source: International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #275

Author: David E. Ford

Ford, David Everard, son of a Congregational Minister at Long Melford, was born there on Sept. 13, 1797. He became pastor of the Congregational Church at Lymington, in Oct. 1821; Travelling Secretary to the Congregational Union in 1841; and pastor of Greengate Chapel, Salford, Manchester, in 1843. He died at Bedford, Oct. 23, 1875. Mr. Ford published several works including, Hymns chiefly on the Parables of Christ, 1828. From this is taken, (1) "Earthly joys no longer please us" (Heaven Anticipated). (2) "How vain is all beneath the skies" (Heaven Anticipated). These are in American common use. See Hymns of the Church, 1869, and Laudes Domini, 1884. Another of his hymns in common use from the same work, p. 107, is:—"Almighty Father, heave… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Vain are all terrestrial pleasures
Title: Worldly Pleasures Renounced
Author: David E. Ford
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Vain are all terrestrial pleasures. D. E. Ford. [Watchful Servants.] From his Hymns, Chiefly on the Parables of Christ, 1828, No. 32.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)




AUTUMN (Barthélemon)

This tune is adapted from Barthélemon's piece Durandarte and Belerma: A Pathetic Scotch Ballad (1797). Some editors describe AUTUMN as "adapted from Psalm xlii in the Genevan Psalter, 1551", referring to the similarity between this tune and FREU DICH SEHR.

Go to tune page >



The Cyber Hymnal #7055
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #7055

Include 48 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us