Words: , Gold­en Chain of Praise, 1869 (“With Sin I Would Not Make Abode”).

Music: Un­i­ver­si­ty, (1725-1785), in A Col­lect­ion of Psalms for the Use of Par­ish Church­es, by P. Hel­len­daal, p. 90. Al­ter­nate tune:

Lord, in the fullness of my might,
I would for Thee be strong:
While runneth o’er each dear delight,
To Thee should soar my song.

I would not give the world my heart,
And then profess Thy love;
I would not feel my strength depart,
And then Thy service prove.

I would not with swift wingèd zeal
On the world’s errands go,
And labor up the heavenly hill
With weary feet and slow.

O not for Thee my weak desires,
My poorer, baser part!
O not for Thee my fading fires,
The ashes of my heart!

O choose me in my golden time:
In my clear joys have part!
For Thee the glory of my prime,
The fullness of my heart!