Scripture Verse

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


Herbert S. Oakeley (1830–1903)

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 718, alt. Ad­mo­ni­tions to Youth.

Music: Ab­ends Her­bert S. Oake­ley, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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.