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-and-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.