Scripture Verse

Matthew the publican. Matthew 10:3

Introduction

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William Bright
(1824–1901)

Words: Will­iam Bright, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1889.

Music: Glou­ces­ter Ed­ward Hodg­es, in Hal­le­lu­jah, 1841 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The Calling of St. Matthew
Hendrick ter Brugghen, 1621

Lyrics

He sat to watch o’er customs paid,
A man of scorned and hardening trade;
Alike the symbol and the tool
Of foreign masters’ hated rule.

But grace within his breast had stirred;
There needed but the timely word;
It came, true Lord of souls! from Thee,
That royal summons, Follow Me.

Enough, when Thou wert passing by
To hear Thy voice, to meet Thine eye;
He rose, responsive to the call,
And left his task, his gains, his all.

O wise exchange! with these to part
And lay up treasure in Thy heart;
With twofold crown of light to shine
Amid Thy servants’ foremost line!

Come, Savior, as in days of old;
Pass where the world has strongest hold,
And faithless care and selfish greed
Are thorns that choke the holy seed.

Who keep Thy gifts, O bid them claim
The steward’s, not the owner’s name;
Who yield all up for Thy dear sake,
Let them of Matthew’s wealth partake.