Scripture Verse

If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Mark 9:47


Words: Ma­ry W. Hale, in her Po­ems (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Will­iam D. Tick­nor, 1840), pag­es 213–14.

Music: Hors­ley Will­iam Hors­ley, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

William Horsley (1774–1858)

Whatever weak­ens your rea­son, im­pairs the ten­der­ness of your con­science, ob­scures your sense of God, takes off your rel­ish for spi­rit­ual things, what­ev­er in­creas­es the au­thor­ity of the bo­dy ov­er the mind, that thing is sin to you, how­ev­er in­no­cent it may seem in itself.

Susanna Wes­ley, mo­ther of John & Charles Wes­ley


Whatever dims thy sense of truth
Or stains thy pu­ri­ty,
Though light as breath of sum­mer air,
Count it as sin to thee.

Let not the world thy God de­throne
Or from His smile di­vide;
And count com­pared with hea­ven­ly wealth,
As dross all things beside.

Dim not the crys­tal of thy soul
By sin’s de­stroy­ing breath:
There lurks be­neath the si­ren smile
Dark trea­chery and death.

Preserve the tab­let of thy thoughts
From ev­ery blem­ish free,
For our Re­deem­er’s low­ly faith
Its tem­ple makes with thee.

And pray of God, that grace be giv­en
To tread time’s nar­row way:
How dark soe­v­er it may seem,
It leads to cloud­less day.