Pleading For, and With Youth

Sin has undone our wretched race

Author: William Cowper
Tune: LAFAYETTE (Herbert)
Published in 16 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Sin has undone our wretched race,
But Jesus has restored,
All who believe and trust his grace
And seek and serve the Lord.

2 This we repeat from year to year,
And press upon our youth,
Lord, give them an attentive ear,
And save them by thy truth.

3 Come Lord, and bless the rising race!
Make this an happy hour,
According to thy richest grace,
And thine almighty power.

4 Dear youth, we know your sinful state;
(May God your hearts renew!)
We would a while ourselves forget
To pour out pray'r for you.

5 We see, though you perceive it not,
The approaching awful doom;
O tremble at the solemn thought,
And flee the wrath to come!

6 [Dear Saviour, let this new born year,
Spread an alarm abroad;
And cry, in every careless ear,
"Prepare to meet thy God!"]

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25, 1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hasti… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sin has undone our wretched race
Title: Pleading For, and With Youth
Author: William Cowper
Language: English



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