Author: Benjamin Schmolck (1672-1737) Composer: Hans Georg Nägeli (1773-1836)
1. I live ’mid my affections; This world I do not love; With longings true I journey To heaven’s home above; There dwells my soul immortal; My treasure’s where my heart; The mind, from earthly portal, Arises heavenward.
2. Fade, earth and idle pleasure; They are the soul’s distress; They glitter from a distance, Yet who will them caress, Accepts but filth for jewels And for the pearls but sand; For in their magic potion There is but death at hand.
3. I love what leads to heaven, But not to that below; The world, its lustful tumult And all it can bestow, Beneath my feet I trample And upward I aspire; For more than worldly wisdom Thy kingdom I desire.
4. Ascend, my heart with gladness; Beyond there’s joy and love; Endure all pain and sadness To gain the rest above! Let others choose what’s earthly, Pursue that which is vain. I dwell ’mid my devotions, For thus death is but gain.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!