Scripture Verse

Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. 1 John 3:3


Horatio W. Parker (1863–1919)

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

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

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Col­by (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Par­ker,


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.