Scripture Verse

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 719, alt. Snares of Youth.

Music: Farn­ham tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Frail youth are on a slippery path,
[originally, Frail youth are in a slippery path]
Beset with mighty foes;
Surrounded with disease and death,
Unnumbered sins and woes.

Their passions war against the soul,
And lead their feet astray;
Submitting to the world’s control,
They shun the narrow way.

To vanities of time and sense,
Their youthful hearts are prone;
How difficult to draw them thence,
To seek a heav’nly goal.

Great God, the work is wholly Thine,
To guide our erring youth;
Do Thou their wandering hearts incline,
To seek the ways of truth.

Restrain impetuous passions, Lord,
Upwards direct their eyes;
Give them a heart to know Thy word,
And all Thy counsels prize.