Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.@Ecclesiastes 12:1

William H. Bathurst, Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use (London: Hatchard and Sons, 1831), number 159.

Whitby Abbey R. Frank Lehman, 1901 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William H. Bathurst (1796-1877)

How sweet it is in early youth
To tread the sacred paths of truth;
From sin’s deceitful snares to run,
And find a heaven on earth begun.

How happy is the soul that knows
What perfect peace and calm repose
A gracious Father deigns to give
To them who by His precepts live!

Forbid it, Lord, that we should stray
Far distant from Thy holy way;
Or so deceived and thoughtless be,
As to love pleasure more than Thee.

Though fools may make a mock at sin,
O teach us wisely to begin
To seek the safe and narrow road
That leads to happiness and God.