Scripture Verse

What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Matthew 16:26


Words: Min­nie B. John­son, in The Gos­pel Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Jenn­ings & Pye, 1899), num­ber 18, alt.

Music: Ran C. Sto­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of John­son or Sto­ry (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


In the life of plenty,
He wasted in sin,
And the fold of Jesus
He would not enter in;
In the day of judgment
With the weeping he stood,
No more time for repentance:
He knew not his God.


Eternity’s beggar,
Eternity’s beggar,
Eternity’s beggar was he.

In the world of pleasure,
Great riches had he,
But the poor and needy,
He never could see;
In the day of judgment,
When his record was known,
A pauper it showed him:
His riches had flown.


In the world where banquets
And great feasts are made,
He was found with the mighty,
As a Pharisee prayed;
In the day of judgment,
Into guilt he did sink,
With the drunkard and gambler,
And those who sold drink.