(J. C. Ryle, “The Gospel of Matthew” 1856)
We must not forget that there are many instances
There are thousands of young people who seem
They cast off all fear of God, and
They serve diverse lusts and pleasures.
They run wildly into every excess of riot.
They refuse to listen to the advice
They fling aside all regard for health,
They do all that lies in their power to ruin
They are willing bondslaves of Satan.
Who has not seen such young people?
They are to be seen in town and in country.
They are to be found among rich and among poor.
Surely such young people give mournful proof,
Yet even about such young people as these, we
Parents, and teachers, and ministers should go
Hard as their hearts seem now,
Desperate as their wickedness now
They may yet repent, and be converted, and
Who can tell?
Let it be a settled principle with us, when we