Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying
words of the "Seek Ye First" lyrics, Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (June 28, 1851-April 24, 1920),
was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States and
achieved fame as a teacher and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Seek Ye First", John Robson Sweney (December 31, 1837-April 10, 1899),
was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States and
became famous as a musician, conductor, teacher and composer of more than 1,000 Gospel songs.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Seek Ye First
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (June 28, 1851
to April 24, 1920)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: John Robson Sweney (December 31, 1837 to
April 10, 1899)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Seek ye first the kingdom; not the things of earth. Priceless are the treasures of immortal worth"
First Publication Date:
Seek Ye First Lyrics
Seek ye first the kingdom; not the things of earth.
Priceless are the treasures of immortal worth.
Like a flitting shadow, time will pass away,
But the heav'nly riches change not, nor decay.
"Seek ye first the kingdom," 'tis the Master's voice;
In His precious promise evermore rejoice.
"All things else," His words are true, "shall be added unto you."
In His precious promise, evermore rejoice.
Seek ye first the kingdom; seek the gift of God.
'Tis the Savior's offer purchased by His blood.
Seek ye first His glory; be it life's sweet aim;
Him to serve and honor, trusting in His name.