What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?@Mark 8:36
John B. Herbert (1852–1927)

John­son Oat­man, Jr., 1916.

John B. Her­bert (🔊 pdf nwc).

Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856–1922)

Not all earth’s gold and silver
Can make a sinner whole;
What shall it profit thee, O man,
If thou should’st lose thy soul?


What shall it profit a man,
What shall it profit a man,
If He gain the whole world,
And lose his own soul?

The heaping up of riches
To many seems life’s goal;
But in the eager rush for wealth,
Forgotten is the soul.


This solemn question answer:
Is worldly gain thy goal?
Can fleeting riches be compared
To an immortal soul?