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By what means may a young man best his

By what means may a young man best
his life learn to amend?
If that he mark and keep thy word,
and therein his time spend.

Unfeignedly I have thee sought,
and thus seeking abide:
O never suffer me, O Lord,
from thy commands to slide.

Within my heart and secret thoughts
thy words I have hid still,
That I might not at any time
offend thy holy will.

We magnify thy Name, O Lord,
and praise thee evermore;
Thy statutes of most worthy fame,
O Lord, teach me therefore.

My lips have never ceased to preach
and publish day and night
The judgments all which did proceed
from thy mouth full of might.

Thy testimonies and thy ways
much more my heart rejoice,
Than all the treasures of the earth,
which worldlings make their choice.

Upon thy precepts I will muse,
and thereto frame my talk;
As at a mark, so will I aim
how I thy ways may walk.

My only joy shall be so fixed,
and on thy laws so set,
That nothing shall me so far blind,
that I thy words forget.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1560,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 119:9-16;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 119
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