Youth is a happy spring

Youth is a happy spring

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

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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.

Refrain:
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 >

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

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