Are Passed Away
Let worldly minds the world pursue,
It has no charms for me;
Once I admired its trifles too,
But grace has set me free
Its pleasures now no longer please,
No more content afford;
Far from my heart be joys like these,
Now I have seen the Lord.
As by the light of opening day
The stars are all concealed;
So earthly pleasures fade away,
When Jesus is revealed.
Creatures no more divide my choice,
I bid them all depart;
His name, and love, and gracious voice,
Have fixed my roving heart.
Now, Lord, I would be Thine alone,
And wholly live to Thee;
But may I hope that Thou wilt own
A worthless worm like me?
Yes! though of sinners I'm the worst,
I cannot doubt Thy will;
For if Thou hadst not loved me first,
I had refused Thee still.
John Newton, 1779
No. 654 in C.H. Spurgeon's Our Own Hymnbook
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
that Christ Jesus came into the
world to save sinners;of whom I am chief.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.