Scripture Verse

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. 3 John 11


John B. Dykes (1823–1876)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Short Hymns (Bris­tol, Eng­land: E. Far­ley, 1762), Vol­ume 2, num­ber 813.

Music: Ol­iv­et (Dykes) John B. Dykes, 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)


The cau­tion is not vain:
We may un­faith­ful prove,
And turn from God to sin again,
And fall from par­don­ing love;
Yet will we bold­ly press
T’ward our high call­ing’s prize,
And fol­low af­ter ho­li­ness,
And to per­fect­ion rise.

Perfection is the good
Which wrest­ling saints re­ceive,
Worthy of all to be pur­sued
Who in our Lord be­lieve:
Perfection is the goal
Which ter­mi­nates our race;
And comes to that, the spot­less soul
Expires in His em­brace.