Scripture Verse

You have taught children and babies to sing praises to You. Psalm 8:2


Words: Anonymous, in Un­ion Hymns, re­vised (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­eri­can Sun­day School Un­ion, 1835), num­ber 172.

Music: Pough­keep­sie Eu­gene W. Mar­shall, in Har­mo­nies of Praise (New York: Ben­ja­min M. Chase, 1909), num­ber 10 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor’s name, where to get a good pic­ture of him or Mar­shall (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


We are but young—yet we may sing
The prais­es of our heav’n­ly king;
He made the earth, the sea, the sky,
And all the star­ry worlds on high.

We are but young—yet we have heard
The Gos­pel news, the heav’n­ly word:
If we des­pise the on­ly way,
Dreadful will be the judg­ment day.

We are but young—yet we must die,
Perhaps our lat­ter end is nigh;
Lord, may we ear­ly seek Thy grace,
And find in Christ a hid­ing place.

We are but young—we need a guide;
Jesus, in Thee we would con­fide;
O lead us in the path of truth,
Protect and bless our help­less youth.

We are but young—yet God has shed
Unnumbered bless­ings on our head;
Then, let our youth and rip­er days
Be all de­vot­ed to His praise.