Scripture Verse

Remember your Maker while you are young, before the days of trouble come and the years when you will say, I have no joy in them. Ecclesiastes 12:1


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 91. Ad­vice to youth.

Music: Ex­hor­ta­tion Eli­akim Doo­lit­tle, 1800, ar­ranged 1880 (🔊 pdf nwc) (re­peats last two lines of each verse).

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Now in the heat of youth­ful blood
Remember your cre­at­or God:
Behold, the months come hast­ening on,
When you shall say, My joys are gone!

Behold the ag­èd sin­ner goes,
Laden with guilt and hea­vy woes,
Down to the re­gions of the dead,
With end­less curs­es on his head.

The dust re­turns to dust again;
The soul, in ago­nies of pain,
Ascends to God, not there to dwell,
But hears her doom, and sinks to hell.

Eternal King! I fear Thy name;
Teach me to know how frail I am;
And when my soul must hence re­move,
Give me a man­sion in Thy love.