Scripture Verse

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


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

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

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

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.