CAUTION to YOUTH
Bethink ye heedless Youths in Time
The pleasant Hour enjoy,
Nor idly sportive waste your Prime
In joys that quickly cloy.
Let Beauty’s vain Allurements cease,
Your fluttering Hearts to snare;
Her lawless sweets awhile may please,
But end in Grief and Care.
Nor let the jovial Charms of Wine
Your blinded Souls entrance,
Or to the revel Rout incline
Of Song and tipsy Dance.
Let Virtue’s footsteps guide your way
And where she leads pursue,
Nor ever from her Precepts stray,
But keep them still in view.
Of her possessed, in her you’ll find
Delights of truer taste;
Content of Heart with Peace of Mind
And joys that ever last.