Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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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).

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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.