Scripture Verse

Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:5


Words: Sam­uel Long­fel­low, Hymns of the Spir­it 1864.

Music: Brook­field Tho­mas B. South­gate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)


Go forth to life, O child of earth!
Still mind­ful of thy heav’n­ly birth;
Thou art not here for ease, or sin,
But man­hood’s no­ble crown to win.

Tho’ pas­sion’s fires are in thy soul,
Thy spir­it can their flames con­trol;
Tho’ tempt­ers strong be­set thy way,
Thy spir­it is more strong than they.

Go on from in­no­cence of youth
To man­ly pu­ri­ty and truth;
God’s an­gels still are near to save,
And God Him­self doth help the brave.

Then forth to life, O child of earth!
Be wor­thy of thy heav’n­ly birth!
For no­ble ser­vice thou art here;
Thy bro­thers help, thy God re­vere!