Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.@1 John 3:3
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Horatio W. Parker (1863–1919)

Adapt­ed from Kate L. Col­by in the Chris­tian Sci­ence Hym­nal (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Chris­tian Sci­ence Pub­lish­ing, 1893), num­ber 37.

Pix­ham Ho­ra­tio W. Par­ker, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Be true and list the voice within,
Be true unto thy high ideal,
Thy perfect self, that knows no sin,
That self that is the only real.

God is the only perfect One:
My perfect self is one with Him;
So man is seen as God’s own son,
When truth dispels the shadows dim.

True to our God whose name is Love,
We shall fulfill our Father’s plan;
For true means true to God above,
To self, and to our fellow man.