Remember, sinful youth

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This is a song by an unknown author, before 1800; apparently first published in Ingalls' Christian Harmony, 1805. It was popular at camp meetings in America in the early nineteenth century. In the form arranged by James P. Carrell, 1821, it appeared in Southern Harmony (1835), p. 28.

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Sinful Youth in Jeremiah Ingalls, 1805 (669. 6669.)


1. Remember, sinful youth, you must die, you must die,
Remember, sinful youth, you must die.
Remember, sinful youth, Who hate the way of truth,
And in your pleasure boast, you must die, you must die,
And in your pleasure boast, you must die.

2. Uncertain are your days, here below, here below;
Uncertain are your days, here below.
Uncertain are your days, for God has many ways
To bring you to your graves, here below, here below,
To bring you to your graves, here below.

3. But if you travel down the broad road, the broad road;
But if you travel down the broad road.
But if you travel down, in darkness you are bound,
Eternally around, the broad road, the broad road,
Eternally around, the broad road.

4. The God who built the sky, great I am, great I am;
The God who built the sky, great I am,
The God who built the sky, has said, and cannot lie,
Impenitents must die, and be damned, and be damned,
Impenitents must die, and be damned.

5. To a dreadful judgment day, you are bound, you are bound;
To a dreadful judgment day, you are bound.
To a dreadful judgment day, let thoughts be what they may.
Nor can you it delay, you are bound, you are bound.
Nor can you it delay, you are bound.

6. But O my friends, don't you, I entreat, I entreat;
But O my friends, don't you, I entreat.
But O my friends, don’t you, in carnal mirth pursue,
Your noble souls undo, I entreat, I entreat,
Your noble souls undo, I entreat.

7. Now to your Saviour fly, ’scape for life, ’scape for life;
Now to your Saviour fly, ’scape for life.
Now to your Saviour fly, lest death eternal be
Your awful destiny, ’scape for life, ’scape for life,
Your awful destiny, ’scape for life.

 

 
In Original and Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christian societies, 1807.

1. Remember, sinful youth, you must die, you must die,
Remember, sinful youth, you must die.
Remember, sinful youth,
Who hate the way of truth,
And in your pleasures boast, you must die.

2. Uncertain are your days, here below, here below;
Uncertain are your days, here below.
Uncertain are your days, for God has many ways
To bring you to your graves, here below, here below,
To bring you to your graves, here below.

3. But if you travel down the broad road, the broad road;
But if you travel down the broad road.
But if you travel down, in darkness you are bound,
Eternally around, the broad road, the broad road,
Eternally around, the broad road.

4. To a dreadful judgment day, you are bound, you are bound;
To a dreadful judgment day, you are bound.
To a dreadful judgment day, let thoughts be what they may.
Be your thoughts what eye they may, you are bound.
Be your thoughts what eye they may, you are bound.

5. The God who built the skies, great I am, great I am;
The God who built the skies, great I am,
The God who built the sky, has said, and cannot lie,
Impenitents must die, and be damned, and be damned,
Impenitents must die, and be damned.

6. But O my friends, don't you, I entreat, I entreat;
But O my friends, don't you, I entreat.
But O my friends, don’t you, in carnal mirth pursue,
Your noble souls undo, I entreat, I entreat,
Your noble souls undo, I entreat.

7. Now to your Saviour fly, escape for life, escape for life;
Now to your Saviour fly, escape for life.
Now to your Saviour fly, lest death eternal be
Your final destiny, escape for life, escape for life,
Your awful destiny, ’scape for life.

 


Solemn Thought in James P. Carrell's Songs of Zion, 1821 (669. 6669.)

1. Remember, sinful youth, you must die,
Remember, sinful youth, you must die.
Remember, sinful youth,
If you deny the truth,
Through vast eternity, you must die.

2. Uncertain are your days, here below,
Uncertain are your days, here below.
Uncertain are your days,
For God hath many ways
To bring you to your graves, here below.

3. The God that built the sky, great I Am,
The God that built the sky, great I Am.
The God that built the sky,
Hath said and cannot lie,
Impenitents shall die, and be damned.

4. Come then, my friends, don't you, I entreat,
Come then, my friends, don't you, I entreat.
Come then my friends, don’t you
Your sinful ways pursue,
Your precious souls undo, I entreat.

5. But to the Savior flee, 'scape for life,
But to the Savior flee, 'scape for life.
But to the Savior flee,
Lest death eternally
Shall be your destiny, 'scape for life.

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