O, in the morn of life, when youth

O, in the morn of life, when youth

Author: Thomas Blacklock
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1 O in the morn of life, when youth
With vital ardor glows,
And shines in all the fairest charms
That beauty can disclose,--

2 Deep in thy soul, before its powers
Are yet by vice enslaved,
Be thy Creator’s glorious Name
And character engraved:

3 Ere yet the shades of sorrow cloud
The sunshine of thy days;
And cares and toils, in endless round
Encompass all thy ways:

4 Ere yet thy heart the woes of age,
With vain regret deplore,
And sadly muse on former joys,
That now return no more.

5 True wisdom, early sought and gain'd,
In age will give thee rest;
O then, improve the morn of life,
To make its evening blest.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #343

Author: Thomas Blacklock

Blacklock, Thomas, D.D., born at Annan, Dumfriesshire, November 10, 1721. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and was, in 1759, licensed to preach. In 1762 he was ordained pariah minister of Kirkcudbright, but, on account of his blindness, had to resign and retire on an annuity. He went to Edinburgh and there received as boarders University students and boys attending school. In 1767 he received the degree of D.D. from the University of Aberdeen (Marischal College). He was one of the earliest and most helpful literary friends of Robert Burns. He died at Edinburgh July 7, 1791. His Poems were often printed—in 1756 at London, with a Memoir by the Rev. Joseph Spence, Professor of Poetry at Oxford; in 1793, at Edinburgh, with a Memoir… Go to person page >

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First Line: O, in the morn of life, when youth
Author: Thomas Blacklock
Source: Episcopal Collection



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