Scripture Verse

Thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:5


Franz J. Haydn (1732–1809)

Words: Ri­chard Fel­ton, in the Ame­ri­can Stu­dent Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by H. Au­gus­tine Smith (New York & Lon­don: D. Ap­ple­ton–Cen­tu­ry, 1928), num­ber 163.

Music: Aus­tria (Hay­dn), ar­ranged by Franz J. Hay­dn, 1797 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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


Strong of body, high of spirit,
Valiant youth goes strid­ing forth;
His the sea­sons that in­her­it
All the trea­sure trove of earth.
Sky and sun­light, dream and la­bor,
Mountain crag and spark­ling shore,
Love of God and love of neigh­bor,
These are his for­ev­er­more.

Lord who liv­eth, youth un­dy­ing,
Thou who know­est this our path,
Move among us, still de­fy­ing
Nights of fear and gulfs of wrath.
Though our years are far and rang­ing,
We are young who walk with truth,
Hearts at peace that know no chang­ing,
These are thine, im­mor­tal youth.