Christ My Song - 1100
"What things were gain to me" - What things were gain
(Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
What things were gain.
2. Too oft my foolish heart
has listened to the false world's siren voice,
yet, Lord, thou knowest the eternal part
is still, through grace, my choice.
3. O keep me, lest I stray;
I see the love of many waxing cold;
and fewer tread in faith the narrow way,
than took that path of old.
4. One thing alone I'd do;
I've but thyself, O blessèd Lord, to please:
let me press forward, with the prize in view,
nor dream of rest or ease.
5. "What things were gain to me," –
'tis these I've cast aside and prize no more,
'tis the deep joy, O Christ, of knowing thee,
that makes my cup run o'er.
6. How excellent, how dear,
art thou, Lord, to the heart that owns thy worth
no longer would I seek a portion here,
or grasp the joys of earth.
7. If all should pass away,
mine's an inheritance that will not fade:
what men call loss, seen in the coming Day,
to richest gain is made.
8. That day is drawing near:
O welcome day! when Christ the Lord shall come;
when He no more shall be "a stranger here,"
but honoured as God's Son.
Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 114-115.