Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1707, Book 1, number 89.
Youth and judgment.
Music: Abbotsford Catholische geistliche Gesänge (Andernach, Germany: 1608) (🔊 pdf nwc).
Ye sons of Adam, vain and young,
Indulge your eyes, indulge your tongue;
Taste the delights your souls desire,
And give a loose to all your fire;
Pursue the pleasures you design,
And cheer your hearts with songs and wine;
Enjoy the day of mirth, but know
There is a day of judgment, too.
God from on high records your thoughts,
His book records your secret faults;
The works of darkness you have done
Must all appear before the Sun.
The vengeance to your follies due
Should strike your hearts with terror thro’:
How will ye stand before His face,
Or answer for His injured grace?
Almighty God! turn off their eyes
From these alluring vanities;
And let the thunder of Thy Word
Awake their souls to fear the Lord.