Song: Have Courage, My Boy, to Say No! in Gospel Hymns No. 5

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Copyright 1887, by H. R. Palmer

Published in Gospel Hymns No. 5 (Copyright 1890, by The Biglow & Main Co. and The John Church Co.)

Lyricist(s):
S., P.

Page 142
Format: Full words and music
Designation: 136
Verses: 3 verses

Associated Tunes

Have Courage, My Boy, to Say No!, #136

Lyrics

Verse 1
You’re starting, my boy, on life’s journey,
Along the grand highway of life;
You’ll meet with a thousand temptations–
Each city with evil is rife.
This world is a stage of excitement,
There’s danger wherever you go;
But if you are tempted in weakness,
Have courage, my boy, to say No!

Chorus
Have courage, my boy, to say No!
Have courage, my boy, to say No!
Have courage, my boy,
Have courage, my boy,
Have courage, my boy, to say No!

Verse 2
In courage, my boy, lies your safety,
When you the long journey begin;
Your trust in a heavenly Father
Will keep you unspotted from sin.
Temptations will go on increasing,
As streams from a rivulet flow;
But if you’d be true to your manhood,
Have courage, my boy, to say No!

Verse 3
Be careful in choosing companions,
Seek only the brave and the true;
And stand by your friends when in trial,
Ne’er changing the old for the new;
And when by false friends you are tempted
The taste of the wine cup to know,
With firmness, with patience and kindness,
Have courage, my boy, to say No!