"How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts"
by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) pp. 207-208
1. How shall the young secure their hearts
And guard their lives from sin?
Thy Word the choicest rules imparts
To keep the conscience clean.
2. "Tis like the sun, a heavenly light,
That guides us all the day,
And through the dangers of the night
A lamp to lead our way.
3. The starry heavens Thy rule obey,
The earth maintains her place;
And these Thy servants, night and day,
Thy skill and power express.
4. But still Thy Law and Gospel, Lord,
Have lessons more divine;
Not earth stands firmer than Thy Word,
Nor stars so nobly shine.
5. Thy Word is everlasting truth;
How pure is every page!
That holy Book shall guide our youth
And well support our age.
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Hymn #286 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 119:9
Author: Isaac Watts, 1719, cento
Composer: Alexander R. Reinagle, 1836
Tune: "St. Peter"