How great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty! Corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.@Zechariah 9:17

Robert F. Gordon, in Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses (New York: John Church Company, 1887).

James R. Murray (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James R. Murray (1841-1905)

For Christ is our endeavor,
Our hearts to Him belong;
His presence cheers us ever,
His love inspires our song;
We come in youth’s bright morning,
Obedient to His Word;
And seek for our adorning,
The beauty of the Lord:
And seek for our adorning,
The beauty of the Lord.

In fullness of His mercy,
Good work for Him we do;
His name with joy confessing,
His standard bearers true:
And He will never fail us,
Whatever may betide;
Tho’ danger should assail us,
In Him we safe abide:
Tho’ danger should assail us,
In Him we safe abide.

So with youth’s ardor glowing,
We willing service give;
The mind of Jesus knowing,
We for His honor live:
For He is our endeavor,
And to Him we belong;
Whose grace shall never fail us,
Whose love inspires our song:
Whose grace shall never fail us,
Whose love inspires our song.