Scripture Verse

God shall send forth His mercy and His truth. Psalm 57:3


John B. Herbert (1852–1927)

Words: Will­iam Cow­per, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 2, num­ber 11. Plead­ing for and with youth.

Music: La­fay­ette John B. Her­bert, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William Cowper (1731–1800)


Sin has undone our wretched race,
But Je­sus has restored
And brought the sinner face to face
With his forgiving Lord.

This we repeat from year to year,
And press upon our youth;
Lord, give them an attentive ear,
Lord, save them by Thy truth.

Blessings upon the rising race!
Make this a happy hour,
According to Thy richest grace,
And Thine al­migh­ty power.

We feel for your unhappy state,
(May you regard it too)
And would awhile ourselves forget,
To pour out prayer for you.

We see, though you perceive it not,
Th’approaching, awful doom;
O tremble at the solemn thought,
And flee the wrath to come!

Dear Sav­ior, let this new-born year
Spread an alarm abroad;
And cry, in every careless ear,
Prepare to meet thy God!