Scripture Verse

Thou art my hope, O Lord God: Thou art my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5


Words: Will­iam B. For­bush, 1911, alt.

Music: Lest We For­get George F. Blan­chard, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Covert Cal­vin W. Lau­fer, 1928. Ap­peared in The Hym­nal for Youth (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­sylv­an­ia: West­min­ster Press, 1941), num­ber 179 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pho­to of For­bush or Blan­chard (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


God of our youth, to whom we yield
The trib­ute of our ea­ger praise,
Upon the well con­test­ed field,
And mid the glo­ry of these days,
God of our youth, be with us yet,
Lest we for­get, lest we for­get.

Sturdy of limb, with bound­ing health,
Eager to play the he­ro’s part,
Grant to us each that great­er wealth,
An un­de­filed and loy­al heart,
God of our youth, be Thou our might,
To do the right, to do the right.

When from the field of mi­mic strife,
Of strength with strength,
And speed with speed,
We face the stern­er fights of life,
As then our strength in time of need,
God of our youth, in­spire us still,
To do Thy will, to do Thy will.