Scripture Verse

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. Ephesians 5:1


H. A. César Malan (1787–1864)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Hen­don H. A. Cé­sar Ma­lan, Chants de Si­on, 1827. Har­mo­ny by Lo­well Ma­son, Car­mi­na Sac­ra, 1841 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


Be now imitators of your Lord;
You’re His children through His love out­poured.
Let love show now in all you do,
As Christ loved and gave Himself for you,
As a sacrifice to God.

All im­pu­ri­ty put far away.
Don’t be greedy; watch the things you say.
These aren’t proper for God’s dear child­ren;
You will ne­ver gain the wealth of Hea­ven,
In the kingdom of Christ and God.

Don’t be taken in by empty words;
Those who disobey, God’s wrath in­cur.
You were darkness, but now you’re light;
Let your life be good and true and right,
And find out what pleases God.

Stay away from fruitless deeds,
Done in secret out of lust and greed.
Let Christ’s light shine on all that’s dark,
And expose what’s missed God’s mark.
Bring to light every sinful act.

So be careful in the things you do;
Act with wisdom in whate’er you pur­sue.
Make the most of every hour;
Don’t let evil exercise its pow­er.
Be not foolish, but know God’s will.

Let the Spi­rit now your life con­trol,
And let psalms and hymns flow from your soul.
In your heart, speak to God and sing,
Giving thanks for ev­ery­thing,
In the name of Je­sus Christ.