Vain are all terrestrial pleasures

Vain are all terrestrial pleasures

Author: David E. Ford
Published in 47 hymnals

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1. Vain are all terrestrial pleasures,
Mixed with dross the purest gold:
Seek we, then, for heavenly treasures,
Treasures never waxing old.
Let our best affections center
On the things around the throne:
There no thief can ever enter;
Moth and rust are there unknown.

2. Earthly joys no longer please us;
Here would we renounce them all;
Seek our only rest in Jesus,
Him our Lord and Master call.
Faith, our languid spirits cheering,
Points to brighter worlds above;
Bids us look for His appearing;
Bids us triumph in His love.

3. May our light be always burning,
And our loins be girded round,
Waiting for our Lord’s returning,
Longing for the welcome sound.
Thus the Christian life adorning,
Never need we be afraid,
Should He come at night or morning
Early dawn, or evening shade.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7055

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 >

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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)

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #750

A New Book of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal and Other Churches #d254

Family and Social Melodies #d370

Free Methodist Hymnal #d645

Hallowed Songs #d361

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #647

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #647

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Hymns and Tunes #425

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d530

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #798

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1197

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Hymns of the Church Militant #212

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International Song Service #275

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Methodist Social Hymn Book #220

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New Hymn and Tune book #353a

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New Hymn and Tune Book #353a

Our Glad Hosanna #d291

Palm Leaves of Sacred Melody #d39

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Peerless Praise #82

Revival Melodies #d29

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Sacred Hymns and Tunes #301

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Sacred Melodies for Social Worship #431

Social Hymns, Original and Selected #d198

Songs for Young and Old #d167

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Songs of Pilgrimage #1069

Spiritual Songs and Hymns for Pilgrims. New Church ed. #d202

Sunday School Hymn Book #d462

Supplement to the Advent and Sabbath Hymn Book #d80

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d833

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The Centenary Singer #239

The Chapel Hymn Book #d368

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The Cyber Hymnal #7055

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The Devotional Chimes #230b

The Golden Harp #d139

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The Guiding Star for Sunday Schools #82

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The Heart and Voice #329b

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #624

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The Melodeon #26

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The New Song #197c

The New Sunday-School Harmonist #d85

The Pilgrim's Harp #d260

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The Sacred Lyre #248

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #502

The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal #d579

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The Wesleyan Sacred Harp #199

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The Wesleyan Sacred Harp #199

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