Scripture Verse

The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. Galatians 5:17


Irvin J. Morgan

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 122. Re­tire­ment and me­di­ta­tion.

Music: Guar­di­an Ir­ving J. Mor­gan, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

Isaac Watts


My God, permit me not to be
A stranger to myself and Thee;
Amidst a thousand thoughts I rove,
Forgetful of my highest love.

Why should my passions mix with earth,
And thus debase my heav’nly birth?
Why should I cleave to things below,
And let my God, my Savior, go?

Call me away from flesh and sense,
One sovereign word can draw me thence;
I would obey the voice divine,
And all inferior joys resign.

Be earth with all her scenes withdrawn,
Let noise and vanity begone;
In secret silence of the mind
My heav’n, and there my God, I find.