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112th.

1
Should I rejoice in this my youth,
And shun the paths of peace and truth;
And should I let my heart embrace
The mirth of every carnal place;
For this and every such like thing,
God will my soul to judgment bring.

2
If I to sinful feelings yield,
Although from man it be concealed;
Or, if my eyes, so prone to rove,
Cause me forbidden things to love;
For this and every such like thing,
God will my soul to judgment bring.

3
If I should lie, or cheat, or swear;
If I neglect God’s house of prayer;
If I my parents disobey;
If I in secret never pray;
For this and every such like thing,
God will my soul to judgment bring.

4
Oh, then, what need I have of grace,
To keep me through my youthful days;
This grace, if God vouchsafe to give,
Then I to Him shall truly live;
Then sin and death will lose their sting,
When God shall me to judgment bring.