Scripture Verse

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6


Julia H. Johnston (1849–1919)

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 113. To be sung af­ter re­ceiv­ing [Sun­day School] cer­ti­fi­cates of pro­mo­tion by those pro­mot­ed.

Music: Na­pa N. T. De Nor­lawn, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know De Nor­lawn’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of John­ston,


All hail the glad and wel­come day
Which ends the hap­py year.
The sto­ry of the Sab­baths past
We meet with joy to hear.
In heav’nly man­sions by and by,
When breaks the gold­en morn,
In crowns of life the stars will shine,
Their beau­ty to adorn.

And here be­low, the re­cord shows
These bright and shin­ing seals;
Each star that clus­ters ’round the name,
The faith­ful life re­veals.
The pass­ing weeks have found us still
Where pre­cious truths are learned;
To Sun­day School and God’s house
Our wil­ling feet have turned.

The gold­en texts, of price­less worth,
Are hid­den in the heart;
And daily read­ings of the Word
Reveal the bet­ter part.
With grate­ful hearts we lift to God
Our songs of love and praise,
For pas­tor, teach­ers, les­sons, truths,
And joys that crown the days.