Behold, now is the accepted time. 2 Corinthians 6:2
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 717.
Address to Youth.
If you know the composer, or where to get a good picture of him or Beddome (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Amidst the cheerful bloom of youth,
With ardent zeal pursue
The ways of piety and truth,
With death and Heaven in view.
Fair wisdom’s paths with sweets are strewed,
And pleasures all refined;
There joys divine are shed abroad,
That suit th’immortal mind.
Youth is the most accepted time,
To love and serve the Lord;
A flower presented in its prime,
Will much delight afford.
He’ll crown with peace your rising years,
And make your fruit increase;
Will guide you through this vale of tears,
And bid your sorrows cease.
Give Him the morning of your days,
And be for ever blessed;
’Tis none but those in wisdom’s ways
Enjoy substantial rest.