Instructions from Scripture

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How shall the young secure their hearts,
and guard their lives from sin?
Your word the choicest rules imparts,
to keep the conscience clean.

It’s like the sun, a heavenly light,
that guides us all the day;
and through the dangers of the night,
a lamp to lead our way.

The ones who keep your law with care,
and meditate your word,
grow wiser than their teachers are,
and better know you, Lord.

Your word is everlasting truth,
how pure is every page!
Your holy book shall guide our youth,
and well support our age.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #75

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How shall the young secure their hearts
Title: Instructions from Scripture
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

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Christian Worship #509

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In Melody and Songs #75


Lutheran Worship #474


The Cyber Hymnal #2612

The Sacred Harp #517

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