What Want I With the World?

What want I with the world?
And all its treasures?
In Thee alone, Lord Jesus,
Are my true pleasures.
Thou art my soul’s delight;
My joy I find in Thee!
My rest and peace art Thou!
My heart’s tranquility!

What want I with the world?
The world is as a smoke
Which vanishes in air;
And, like a shadow fleet,
That stays not anywhere
My Jesus, though, remains,
When all things else decline;
My heart’s true confidence,
Jesus alone is mine!

What want I with the world?
The world seeks its renown
Among the grand and great;
Thinks not how quickly glides
Its phantasy and state
But sweeter far to me
Is Jesus’ love alone;
And this my heart’s desire,
To see Him on His throne. 
What want I with the world?
The world seeks worldly wealth;
Its hope on mammon rests;
Its comforts rise and fall,
With money in its chests
There is a nobler prize,
On which my heart reclines;
The joys of Jesus’ love,
Which in my spirit shines.

What want I with the world?
The world is sorely tried,
If scorn its portion be;
And most, when over-reached
By deeper subtlety
I bear the cross of Christ,
His pleasure to fulfil;
His favour my delight;
My peace to do His will!

What want I with the world?
The world so high esteems
Its fleeting fancies joy;
Its follies to retain
Would barter heaven away;
She hangs her hope on that
Which care can only yield:
I love my Lord and God,
My fortress and my shield.

What want I with the world?
As grass it fades away;
The stamp of death is there;
It hasteth to decay;
Health doth itself depart;
All earthly creatures fade,
Jesus sustains; my heart
Is by His love repaid.

What want I with the world?
What want I with the world?
My Jesus is my life,
My substance, and my joy,
In this poor scene of strife
To Him I gladly bow;
I worship at His feet;
He is my heaven, my all;
Therefore do I repeat,

What want I with the world