The Conclusion of the Matter

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Hymn XXXIX. The Conclusion of the Matter  (1771) 
by Christopher Smart
From the Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).


HYMN XXXIX.

The Conclusion of the Matter.


Fear God — obey his just decrees,
And do it hand, and heart, and knees;
For after all our utmost care
There's nought like penitence and prayer.

5 Then weigh the balance in your mind,
Look forward, not one glance behind;
Let no foul fiend retard your pace,
Hosanna! Thou hast won the race.


1771


Notes

Cf. Eccl. 12:13
5—8. See. Heb. 12:1—2
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.