Scripture Verse

There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. Luke 10:42

Introduction

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Dan­i­el Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), pag­es 66–67.

Music: New­port Beach Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of John­ston (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Daniel B. Towner
(1850–1919)

Lyrics

In the school of God the Lord,
Scholars learn the truth, the way;
Those who sit at Jesus’ feet
Grow in wisdom day by day.

Refrain

Choose, O choose the better part,
Trust in God with all thy heart.
Choose, O choose the better part,
Trust in God with all thy heart.

In the home, the church, the school,
In the busy crowded street,
Learn the lessons God would teach,
Seek His service, true and sweet.

Refrain

Walk in wisdom’s pleasant ways,
Keep the precepts of your God,
Trust His royal promises,
Follow where the Savior trod.

Refrain