15786. When Youth Devote Their Early Days

1 When youth devote their early days,
To vain delights and sinful ways,
Their prospects darken as they rise,
And fill them with a dread surprise.

2 Diseases are the fruit of sin,
The malady lies deep within;
An evil course the mind impairs,
And leaves them full of guilt and fears.

3 Sin strengthens with increasing days,
And grows when nature’s self decays;
Indulged, it makes their fetters strong,
And leads the captive slaves along.

4 Beware, ye thoughtless, now beware,
No more presume to persevere;
Today with supplications come,
Tomorrow death may call you home.

5 With earnestness for mercy cry
And God will listen to your sigh;
Now plead for pardon through His Son,
And He’ll forgive what you have done.

Text Information
First Line: When youth devote their early days
Title: When Youth Devote Their Early Days
Author: Benjamin Beddome, 1717-1795
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: ABBOTSFORD in "Catholische geistliche Gesänge," WOODWORTH by William B. Bradbury, ZEPHYR by William B. Bradbury
Tune Information
Composer: Herbert Stanley Oakeley (1874)
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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