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Youth is a happy spring

Youth is a happy spring

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Tune: [Youth is a happy spring]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Youth is a happy spring,
Joyous and brief;
Age, life the Autumn breath,
Sears flower and leaf.
Sow we the precious seed
While spring is fair,
Watch o’er the opening buds
With tenderest care.

This, this be our labor,
This our precious employ,
Sowing in sorrow,
To gather in joy.
This, this be our labor,
This our precious employ;
Soon we’ll welcome the harvest,
Reaping in joy.

2 Youth is a smiling morn,
Lovely and gay;
Clouds, ere the noontide comes,
May darken the way.
Choose ye the manna, then,
Fresh from the skies,
Ere on the dewy earth
Bright sunbeams arise. [Refrain]

3 Youth is a hopeful time,
Joy is in bloom;
Yet soon its pathway bright
Must lead to the tomb.
May sweet immortal hopes,
Graciously given,
Each youthful footstep guide
Till sheltered in heaven! [Refrain]

4 Come while the Saviour’s voice
Calls you today;
Come while the Morning Star
Shines over your way.
Come where the fount of life
Sparkles for you;
Come where its waters clear
Youth’s vigor renew. [Refrain]

Source: Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #176

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Youth is a happy spring
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Refrain First Line: This, this be our labor



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Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #176

Sunday School Chimes #d166

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