Scripture Verse

What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36–37


Words: Cor­ie F. Da­vis, in Christ in Song, by Frank­lin E. Bel­den (Bat­tle Creek, Mi­chi­gan: Re­view & Her­ald, 1900), num­ber 169.

Music: Will­iam O. Per­kins (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Da­vis or Per­kins (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Have I need of aught, O Savior!
Aught on earth but Thee?
Have I any in the heavens,
Any one but Thee?


Only Thee, only Thee,
O the wondrous love shown me!
Only Thee, only Thee,
None on earth but Thee.

Tho’ I have of friends so many,
Love, and gold, and health;
If I have not Thee, my Savior,
Hold I any wealth?


Is there heart so kind and patient
With my failings all?
Or a voice so true and ready,
Answering my call?


Not for worlds would I exchange it—
This sweet faith in Thee!
Earthly treasures cannot equal
All Thou art to me.