Tune: Arranged by Andrew Grambling, 1835
Alto: B. P. Poyner, 1902
Lyrics: Wolcott's Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1817
Meter: Long Meter Double (8,8,8,8,8,8,8,8)
Young people, all attention give
While I address you in God’s name;
You who in peace and folly live,
Come hear the counsel of a friend.
I’ve sought for bliss in glitt’ring joys,
And ranged the luring scenes of vice,
But never knew substantial joys
Until I heard my Savior’s voice.
He spake at once my sins forgiv’n,
And wash’d my load of guilt away;
He gave me glory, peace, and heav’n,
And thus I found the heav’nly way.
And now with trembling sense I view
The billows roll beneath your feet;
For death eternal waits for you
Who slight the force of gospel truth.
Your souls will land in darker realms,
Where vengeance reigns and billows roar,
And roll amid the burning flames,
When thousand thousand years are o’er.
Sunk in the shades of endless night,
To groan and howl in endless pain,
And never more behold the light,
And never, never rise again.
Ye blooming youth, this is the state
Of all who do free grace refuse;
And soon with you ’twill be too late
The way of life and Christ to choose.
Come, lay your carnal weapons by,
No longer fight against your God,
But with the gospel now comply,
And heav’n shall be your great reward.