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He cared for me before I knew
That I had such a friend; When my first feeble breath I drew
He did my life defend.
He keeps me still by His great power
From danger, night and day; I could not live a single hour
If He were far away.
But He is always near and kind,
And loves to hear my prayer; May I His tender mercy find,
And trust His love and care.
LYING PUNISHED. No real advantage can proceed
From doing what is wrong ; For if at first it should succeed,
'Twill not continue long.
Elisha's servant told a lie,
In hopes to gain some gold; He knew his master was not by,
And never would be told.
But God with great displeasure sees
The money thus procurd; And for his sin a sad disease
He all his life endur'd.
Then let us all avoid and fear
To say what is not true;
And He can punish too.
I KNEW a little sickly child;
The long, long summer's day,
Alone in bed he lay,
Before his window small,
Out of the fir-tree tall.
And when the sick child better grew,
And he could crawl along,
And listen to her song;
And quiet at his play,
That sweet bird fly away.
There is a Holy Dove that sings
To every Christian child,That whispers to his little heart
A song as sweet and mild.
That speaks his soul within,
And holds him back from sin.
And he must hear that still small voice,
Nor tempt it to depart,-
That whispers to his heart.
Must strive, and watch,
Will drive that Dove away.
EVENING HYMN. GLORY to Thee, my God, this night, For all the blessings of the light! Keep me, oh, keep me, King of kings, Under Thine own almighty wings ! Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son, The ills which I this day have done; That with the world, myself, and Thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
Teach me to live, that I may dread
Oh, may my soul on Thee repose,
If in the night I sleepless lie,
Redeem thy misspent moments past,
Let all my converse be sincere,