The Advantages of Early Religion
by Isaac Watts
Happy the child whose youngest years
Receive instruction well;
Who hates the sinner’s path, and fears
The road that leads to Hell.
When we devote our youth to God,
‘Tis pleasing in his eyes;
A flower, when offer’d in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice.
‘Tis easier work if we begin
To fear the Lord betimes;
While sinners, that grow old in sin,
Are harden’d in their crimes.
‘Twill save us from a thousand snares
To mind religion young;
Grace will preserve our following years,
And make our virtues strong.
To thee, Almighty God, to thee
Our childhood we resign;
‘Twill please us to look back and see
That our whole lives were thine.
Let the sweet work prayer and praise
Employ my youngest breath;
Thus I’m prepared for longer days
Or fit for early death.
Soli Deo GloriaSource: Divine and Moral Songs for Children by Isaac Watts