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400. Happy is he whose early years

1 Happy is he whose early years
Receive instructions well;
Who hates the sinner’s path, and fears
The road that leads to hell.

2 ’Tis easier work, if we begin
To serve the Lord betimes;
While sinners, who grow old in sin,
Are hardened by their crimes.

3 It saves us from a thousand snares
To mind religion young:
With joy it crowns succeeding years,
And makes our virtue strong.

4 To Thee, almighty God! to Thee
Our hearts we now resign:
’Twill please us, to look back and see,
That our whole lives were Thine!

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First Line: Happy is he whose early years
Meter: C. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1867
Topic: Ordaining Instrumentalities: Training of Youth
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