Scripture Verse

There is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18


Words: Ro­bert M. Mc­Cheyne, in The Sab­bath Hymn Book (New York: Shel­don & Blake­man, 1858).

Music: Tha­raw, ar­ranged by H. Lam­son, in A Se­lec­tion of Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, ed­it­ed by Charles S. Ro­bin­son (New York: Cen­tu­ry Com­pa­ny, 1881), num­ber 114 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Lam­son’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Robert M. McCheyne
National Portrait Gallery



Chosen not for good in me,
Waked from com­ing wrath to flee,
Hidden in the Sav­ior’s side,
By the Spi­rit sanc­ti­fied—
Teach me, Lord, on earth to show
By my love, how much I owe.

Oft I walk be­neath the cloud,
Dark as mid­night’s gloomy shroud:
But, when fear is at the height,
Jesus comes, and all is light;
Blessèd Je­sus! bid me show
Doubting saints how much I owe.

Oft the nights of sor­row reign—
Weeping, sick­ness, sigh­ing, pain;
But a night Thine an­ger burns—
Morning comes, and joy re­turns:
God of com­forts! bid me show
To Thy poor how much I owe.

When in flow­ery paths I tread,
Oft by sin I’m cap­tive led;
Oft I fall, but still arise—
Jesus comes—the temp­ter flies;
Blessèd Je­sus! bid me show
Weary sin­ners all I owe.