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How shall the young preserve their ways

How shall the young preserve their ways
from all pollution free?
By making still their course of life
with thy commands agree.

With hearty zeal for thee I seek,
to thee for succor pray;
O suffer not my careless steps
from thy right paths to stray,

Safe in my heart, and closely hid,
thy word, my treasure, lies;
To succor me with timely aid,
when sinful thoughts arise.

Secured by that my grateful soul,
shall ever bless thy Name:
O teach me then by thy just laws,
my future life to frame.

My lips, unlocked by pious zeal,
to others have declared,
How well the judgments of thy mouth
deserve our best regards.

Whilst in the way of thy commands
more solid joy I found,
Than had I been with vast increase
of envied riches crowned.

Therefore thy just and upright laws
shall always fill my mind;
And those sound rules which thou prescrib'st
all due respect shall find.

To keep thy statutes un-defaced
shall be my constant joy;
The strict remembrance of thy word
shall all my thoughts employ.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 119:9-16;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 119
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