Scripture Verse

Those that seek Me early shall find Me. Proverbs 8:17


Henry T. Smart

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 720. Ear­ly Pi­e­ty Re­com­mend­ed.

Music: Re­gent Square Hen­ry T. Smart, in Psalms and Hymns for Di­vine Wor­ship (Lon­don: 1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Lovely youth, with ardent zeal,
Wisdom’s flowery path pursue;
There shall you sweet pleasures feel,
Ever springing, ever new:
Sacred peace and joy combined,
Hopes and comforts all refined.

Earth with all its boasted store,
Cannot such delights impart,
All its joys are mean and poor,
Giving anguish to the heart:
From its vanities retire,
Seek the Lord with strong desire.

Give to Him your early bloom,
Make His counsels your delight,
Let His temple be your home,
Love and serve Him day and night:
Then shall you His blessings prove,
Feel the transports of His love.