Scripture Verse

God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26


Franz J. Haydn (1732–1809)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 2, 1707–09, num­ber 94. God my on­ly hap­pi­ness.

Music: Olaf ar­ranged from Franz J. Hay­dn (1732–1809) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)


My God, my portion, and my love,
My ev­er­last­ing all,
I’ve none but Thee in Heav’n above,
Or on this earthly ball.

What empty things are all the skies,
And this inferior clod!
There’s nothing here deserves my joys,
There’s nothing like my God.

In vain the bright, the burning sun
Scatters his feeble light;
’Tis Thy sweet beams create my noon;
If Thou withdraw, ’tis night.

And whilst upon my restless bed,
Amongst the shades I roll,
If my Re­deem­er shows His head,
’Tis morning with my soul.

To Thee we owe our wealth, and friends,
And health, and safe abode:
Thanks to Thy name for meaner things,
But they are not my God.

How vain a toy is glittering wealth,
If once compared to Thee?
Or what’s my safety, or my health,
Or all my friends, to me?

Were I possessor of the earth,
And called the stars my own,
Without Thy graces and Thy­self
I were a wretch undone.

Let others stretch their arms like seas,
And grasp in all the shore;
Grant me the visits of Thy face,
And I desire no more.