Now in the days of youth

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1. Now in the days of youth,
When life flows fresh and free,
Thou Lord of all our hearts and lives,
We give ourselves to thee.
Our fervent gift receive,
And fit us to fulfill,
Through all our days, in all our ways,
Our heavenly Father's will.

2. Teach us where'er we live
To act as in thy sight,
And do what thou wouldst have us do
With radiant delight;
Not choosing what is great,
Nor spurning what is small,
But taking from thy hand our taske
And serving thee in all.

3. Teach us to love the true,
The beautiful and pure,
And let us not for one short hour
An evil thought endure;
But give us grace to stand
Decided, brave, and strong,
The lovers of all holy things,
The foes of all things wrong.

Source: Hymns for Youth #143

Author: Walter J. Mathams

Mathams, Walter John, was born in London, Oct. 30, 1853. Early in life he went to sea; but on returning through Palestine to England he began to study for the Ministry. In 1874 he entered the Regent's Park Baptist College as a Student, and subsequently had a pastoral charge at Preston, Lancashire. In 1879, his health failing, he went for a time to Australia and other places. Returning to England, he became, in 1883, minister at Falkirk, Scotland, and in 1888, at Birmingham. Whilst a student, he published a small volume of hymns and poems as At Jesus' Feet, (1876). He is also the author of several religious books of a popular character, as: Fireside Parables, 1879; Sunday Parables, 1883, &c. His principal hymns are:— 1. Bright falls the… Go to person page >



Composed for Bridges's text by George J. Elvey (PHH 48), DIADEMATA was first published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Since that publication, the tune has retained its association with this text. The name DIADEMATA is derived from the Greek word for "crowns." The tune is lively an…

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