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

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.