Ye glittering toys of earth, adieu

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Ye glittering toys of earth, adieu is a hymn by Anne Steele: it was published on pp142-143 of Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose and Verse, the third volume of the 1780 (posthumous) edition of Steele's works (supplementing the two volumes of Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional). In that collection, it is headed 'The Pearl of great price. Matt. xiii. 46.'. It was included as Hymn 187 in John Rippon's collection A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.

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Ye glittering toys of earth, adieu,
A nobler choice be mine;
A real prize attracts my view,
A treasure all divine.
Be gone, unworthy of my cares,
Ye specious baits of sense:
Inestimable worth appears,
The pearl of price immense.
Jesus, to multitudes unknown,
O name divinely sweet!
Jesus, in thee, in thee alone,
Wealth, honour, pleasure meet.
Should both the Indies, at my call,
Their boasted stores resign,
With joy I would renounce them all,
For leave to call thee mine.
Should earth's vain treasures all depart,
Of this dear gift possess'd,
I'd clasp it to my joyful heart,
And be for ever bless'd.
Dear sov'reign of my soul's desires,
Thy love is bliss divine;
Accept the wish that love inspires,
And bid me call thee mine.

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