Scripture Verse

I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. Proverbs 8:17

Introduction

portrait
Philip Doddridge
(1702–1751)

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Var­i­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 75. The en­cour­age­ment young per­sons have to seek, and love Christ.

Music: Ja­zer (Brad­bu­ry) Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry (1816–1868) (🔊 pdf nwc).

portrait
William B. Bradbury
(1816–1868)

Lyrics

Ye hearts with youthful vigor warm,
In smiling crowds draw near,
And turn from every mortal charm,
A Savior’s voice to hear.

He, Lord of all the worlds on high,
Stoops to converse with you;
And lays His radiant glories by,
Your friendship to pursue.

The soul that longs to see My face,
Is sure My love to gain;
And those that early seek My grace,
Shall never seek in vain.

What object, Lord, my soul should move,
If once compared with Thee?
What beauty should command my love,
Like what in Christ I see?

Away, ye false delusive toys,
Vain tempters of the mind!
’Tis here I fix my lasting choice,
And here true bliss I find.