William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 2, hymn 8
Bestow, dear Lord, upon our youth|
The gift of saving grace;
And let the seed of sacred truth
Fall in a fruitful place.
2. Grace is a plant, where'er it grows,
3. Ye careless ones, O hear betimes
4. True, you are young, but there's a stone|
Within the youngest breast;
Or half the crimes which you have done.
Would rob you of your rest.
5. For you the public prayer is made,
6. We pray that you may early prove
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