The one thing needful, that good part

The one thing needful, that good part. Benjamin Ingham* (1712-1772).  This unusual hymn was published in The Gospel Magazine (July 1768), and was included in A Collection of Hymns sung in the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapels, Bath (Bristol, ca. 1774). It is based on the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42, in which Martha was ‘cumbered about much serving’, but ‘one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’ It had six stanzas:  The one thing needful, that good part,Which Mary chose with all her heart,I would pursue with heart and mind,And seek unweary’d till I find.  Hidden in Christ the treasure lies,That goodly pearl of so great...

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