Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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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).

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Charles Wesley
1707–1788

Lyrics

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.