O youth, with life before you, and with gladness all around, While in your heart the songs of hope and courage ring, “Remember thy Creator while the evil days come not,” And choose the Christ of Calvary to be your King.
Choose today! acknowledge Him your Savior; Choose today! your heart a tribute bring Unto Him who suffered to redeem you, Let Him rule and reign, your King! Choose today, for love and valiant service Unto Him belong, Take the vow, and ever faithful be Till you sing the victor’s song.
True wisdom you are seeking; no one ever sought in vain Who asked of Him who lived and taught in Galilee; A fullness and a brightness for your life in Him you’ll find, And safety from the sins that lie in wait for thee.
Courageous be, and loyal, for on every hand are foes That wait with subtle charms to lead your feet astray, Yet Christ the world’s Redeemer every step before you knows, And He will guide, and guard, and love you all the way.
Now in the days of youth, When life flows fresh and free, Thou Lord of all our hearts and lives, We give ourselves to Thee; Our fervent gift receive, And fit us to fulfill, Through all our days, in all our ways, Our heavenly Father’s will.
Teach us where’er we live, To act as in Thy sight, And do what Thou wouldst have us do With radiant delight; Not choosing what is great, Nor spurning what is small, But taking from Thy hands our tasks To glorify them all.
Teach us to love the true, The beautiful and pure, And let us not for one short hour An evil thought endure. And give us grace to stand Decided, brave, and strong, The lovers of all holy things, The foes of all things wrong.
Spirit of Christ, do Thou Our first bright days inspire, That we may live the life of love And loftiest desire; And be by Thee prepared For larger years to come; And for the life ineffable, Within the Father’s home.