Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
Words: Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795). Published posthumously in Hymns Adapted to Public Worship (London: Burton & Briggs, 1818), number 718, alt.
Admonitions to Youth.
If you know where to get a good picture of Beddome (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
When youth devote their early days,
To vain delights and sinful ways,
Their prospects darken as they rise,
And fill them with a dread surprise.
Diseases are the fruit of sin,
The malady lies deep within;
An evil course the mind impairs,
And leaves them full of guilt and fears.
Sin strengthens with increasing days,
And grows when nature’s self decays;
Indulged, it makes their fetters strong,
And leads the captive slaves along.
Beware, ye thoughtless, now beware,
No more presume to persevere;
Today with supplications come,
Tomorrow death may call you home.
With earnestness for mercy cry
And God will listen to your sigh;
Now plead for pardon through His Son,
And He’ll forgive what you have done.