Scripture Verse

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth. Ecclesiastes 11:9

Introduction

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Aldine S. Kieffer
(1840–1904)

Words: Al­dine S. Kief­fer, in The Path­way of Praise No. 1, ed­it­ed by Eph­ra­im Hil­de­brand & C. J. Gil­bert (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1904).

Music: Bear Butte Eph­ra­im T. Hil­de­brand, 1904 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you have ac­cess to a bet­ter pho­to of Hil­de­brand, would you ?

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Ephraim T. Hildebrand
(1866–1931)

Lyrics

Rejoice, O young man, in the glory of youth,
In virtue and wisdom, in honor and truth;
Let these gird your loins as you journey along
To mansions of bliss in the land of sweet song.

Refrain

Rejoice and be glad, through the night and the day,
Look bright and not sad, on your pilgrimage way;
Rejoice and be glad, through the night and the day,
Look bright and not sad, on your pilgrimage way.

Rejoice, O young maid, in thy innocent grace,
Let Christ be your model, that others may trace
His features in yours as you journey above,
Secure from all sin in pure innocent love.

Refrain

Be strong, O young saint, there are foes in the way,
Be strong in the faith lest they lead thee astray;
Thy Captain alone can shield thee and save,
And give thee a home after death and the grave.

Refrain