Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.@Luke 10:42
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Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)

Philip Doddridge (1702-1751). Published posthumously in Hymns, Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 207: Mary’s choice of the better part.

Hebron Lowell Mason, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason (1792-1872)

Beset with snares on every hand,
In life’s uncertain path I stand;
Savior divine, diffuse Thy light,
To guide my doubtful footsteps right.

Engage this roving, treacherous heart
To fix on Mary’s better part,
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.

Then let the wildest storms arise;
Let tempests mingle earth and skies;
No fatal shipwreck shall I fear,
But all my treasures with me bear.

If Thou, my Jesus, still be nigh,
Cheerful I live, and joyful die;
Secure, when mortal comforts flee,
To find ten thousand worlds in Thee.