The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Choosing the world

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A poignant outpouring of grief from Robert Murray M’Cheyne concerning a family friend who had said that she was determined to “keep by the world” rather than follow Christ:

She has chosen the world,
And its paltry crowd, –
She has chosen the world,
And an endless shroud!
She has chosen the world,
With its misnamed pleasures:
She has chosen the world,
Before heaven’s own treasures.

She hath launched her boat
On life’s giddy sea,
And her all is afloat
For eternity.
But Bethlehem’s star
Is not in her view;
And her aim is far
From the harbour true.

When the storm descends
From an angry sky,
Ah! where from the winds
Shall the vessel fly?
When stars are concealed,
And rudder gone,
And heaven is sealed
To the wandering one!

The whirlpool opes
For the gallant prize;
And, with all her hopes
To the deep she hies!
But who may tell
Of the place of woe,
Where the wicked dwell –
Where the wordlings go?

For the human heart
Can ne’er conceive
What joys are the part
Of them that believe;
Nor can justly think
Of the cup of death
Which all must drink
Who despise the faith.

Away, then – oh, fly
From the joys of earth!
Her smile is a lie –
There’s a sting in her mirth.
Come, leave the dreams
Of this transient night,
And bask in the beams
Of an endless light.

via adaysmarch.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 10 January 2012 at 19:40

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