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Give thou thy youth to God

Full Text

1 Give, thou, thy youth to God
With all its budding love;
Send up thy op'ning heart to Him,
Fix it on One above.

2 Be early wise for heav'n,
Choose, thou, the narrow way;
The gate is strait, the road is rough,
But it will end in day.

3 Take, thou, the side of God,
In things or great or small,
So shall He ever take thy side,
And bear thee safe thro' all.

4 Quail not before the bad,
Be brave for truth and right,
Fear God alone, and ever walk
As in His holy sight.

Source: Concordia: a collection of hymns and spiritual songs #218

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Give thou thy youth to God
Author: Horatius Bonar

Tune

DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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ST. MICHAEL (Genevan)


NEWLAND (Gauntlett)


Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #11259
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