Scripture Verse

The kingdom of Heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Matthew 13:45–46


Words: Pos­si­bly by John Ma­son, Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1683. Some sourc­es give the au­thor as John New­ton (1725–1807).

Music: Car­ton Tho­mas A. Gea­ry (1775–1801) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mason or Geary (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


I’ve found the pearl of greatest price,
My heart doth sing for joy;
And sing I must, for Christ is mine;
Christ shall my song employ.

Christ is my prophet, priest and king;
A prophet full of light,
My great high priest before the throne,
My king of heav’nly might.

For He indeed is Lord of lords,
And He the King of kings;
He is the sun of right­eous­ness,
With healing in His wings.

Christ is my peace; He died for me,
For me He gave His blood;
And as my wondrous sacrifice,
Offered Himself to God.

Christ Je­sus is my all in all,
My comfort and my love,
My life below, and He shall be
My joy and crown above.