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Grant us and all our children 'Tis free mercy, we must own,
(praise,' And the gift of God alone.
And purpose to fulfil. Many are to ruin hurl'd,
Few in Jesus Christ abide ;
And no human prudence can
5. Here's a task, may parents think, In whom we live, and move, and But let not your courage sink,
Far beyond the reach of art ;
(est prayer ;
Grace and wisdom he'll impart,
6. Hear, O Lord, a parent's prayer,
Let my tears prevail 'fore thee : grace,
If my child were not with me!
7. In thy grace my children keep,
That when once, on that great J. Swertner.
day, (1044.) 865. T. 581 or 83. Thou shalt come to seek thy sheep, PARENTS, weigh before the Lord I may gladly to thee say, The importance of your state;
“ Here am I, thro' mercy free, Learn from his most holy Word And each child thou gavest me."
Your whole walk to regulate,
866. T. 79. May a blessed pattern be.
I AND my house will serve the 2. All our children are his own, Lord : He hath bought them with his But first obedient to his word blood,
I must myself appear: (show, Unto him their souls are known, By actions, words, and temper
Full of sin and void of good : That I my heavenly Master know, Yet he saith most graciously, And serve him with a heart sincere. “Suffer them to come to me."
2. I must the fair example set: 3. 'Tis by you they should be led From those that on my pleasure In the narrow way to bliss ;
wait Grace is not inherited
The stumbling-block remove: As a worldly fortune is; Their duty by my life explain,
C. J. La Trobe.
And still in all my words maintain Hear the parents' sighs and prayers, The gentle dignity of love. When for them before thee weep3. Easy to be entreated, mild,
Mercy for our children we, (ing;
B. La Trobe.
O MAKE each family a temple,
A consecrated house to thee; 4. Lord, if thou didst the wish infuse, May we by word and by example A vessel fitted for thy use
To all around us patterns be: (ing
To every husband grant that bless-
C. Wesley (ad.) Thy name to praise. (1045.)
|(1051.) Thou hast redeem'd them by thy who for Israel's consolation
blood; Thy blessing on them all descend: Here like Simeon humbly wait, Kind Shepherd, take each little Shall behold the Lord's salvation; lamb
Then their joy will be complete: Into thy faithful arms of love;
May we follow his example, Cause them to know thy saving Trusting in God's promises,
Wait for Jesus, in his temple, name, And thy redeeming grace prove.
Daily offer prayer and praise. 2. On us, their parents, grace bestow,
(ness, (1055.) 871. That we, with care and faithful- WE with joy confess, beloved SaMay lead them thee, our Lord, to
Thee, the widow's special Friend ; Toobey thy word, and seek thy face: We are objects of thy love and Teach us the duties of our state,
favour, To love each other heartily, Our children so to educate (thee. Thou with more than husband's
Thou on us thy life didst spend ; That they may love and follow
love dost lead us,
Thy all-bounteous hand doth daily
B. La Trobe.
2. Thou hast promis'd for our con-(But possess our souls in patience, solation,
Passing thro' this vale of tears : That we shall not come behind Wean'd thereby from things terresIn the gifts, which to thy congre
Let us look for joys celestial, Thou dispensest, of each kind : Waiting for that time, when we May we, to thy service dedicated, From all sorrow shall be free. And to thee, like Anna, conse- 2. Meanwhile God the Holy Spirit
crated, For thy blest appearing wait ;
Is our pledge of joys to come, Then to heaven our souls translate. When above with Christ at home :
the bliss we shall inherit Charlesworth.
Oh, this blessed meditation (1060.) 872. T. 168. Yields us solid consolation, 'MIDST the trials we experience, That we shall, when time is o'er, May we not give way to fears, With the Lord be evermore.
XXXIX. HYMNS FOR VARIOUS OCCASIONS.
A. TAE NEW YEAR. Of thy most Holy Spirit,
Until we heaven inherit. (1061.) 873.* T. 10.
6. O God of our salvation, YEAR after year commences, Withhold no kind donation And, as our life advances,
From us, but let us savour We, strength from Christ deriving, In this new year thy favour. Each year by faith are thriving.
P. Gerhard. 2. As in tempestuous weather (1062.)
T. 585. A kind and tender mother Her babe from harm protecteth,
WHILE successive years are wast
ing, And safely home conducteth :
Still our God abides the same; 3. So shelters Christ our Saviour
All his words are everlasting, His children by his favour, All his works his love proclaim: And proves in each temptation Men and angels : 1: Their refuge and salvation.
Sing thrice holy to his name. 4. Lord, grant thy benediction
2. Out of love he man created, To every thought and action ; And ordain'd him God's delight; On youth and age declining, Nor was this his love abated, Thou Sun of grace, be shining. When man lost God's image bright; 5. O keep our souls and senses Then compassion :||: Under the influences
Brought redemption's plan to light.
3. Here is love divine portrayed, But hasten through this vale of
Wouldst thou praise him, :/: Our everlasting home above.
Love thus triumph'd, :ll: Whose founder is the living God.
4. Patient the appointed race to run, 5. Lo, the incarnate God ascended, This weary world we cast behind; Pleads the merits of his blood; From strength to strength we travel Now all enmity is ended, The new Jerusalem to find: (on, Man is reconcil'd to God; Our labour this, our only aim, All the ruin :Il:
To find the new Jerusalem. Of his fall is now made good.
5. Through thee, who all our sins
(mourning With songs to Zion we return,
We find it nearer while we sing.
6. Rais'd by the breath of love 7. Sing with glad anticipation, divine,
(renew'd; Mortals and immortals, sing, We urge our way, with strength Jesus comes with full salvation, The church of the first-born to join, Jesus doth his glory bring ; We travel to the mount of God; Hallelujah, :11:
With joy upon our heads arise, Lord of lords, of kings the King. And meet our Captain in the skies.
And this may be my last.
(place; And swift my passing moments run, This earth we know is not our The few that yet remain.
3. Now a new scene of time begins; Who reigns, in light enthron’d on
Press on, my soul, to heaven; high,
By Christ it will be giv'n. Who lengthens out our trial here, 4. Devoutly yield thyself to God, And spares us yet another year.
And on his grace depend; 2. Barren and wither’d, worthless
La Trobe. No pleasant fruit of holiness
Oh, spare them yet another year.” Crave on each succeeding day, 3. Jesus, thy interceding blood Asking, “ Are we onward pressing? From God for us obtain'd the grace,
What may Jesus have to say? Who mercifully hath bestow'd Are the ways of sin unpleasant? On us a longer time and space :
Do we hold our Saviour fast? Thou didst in our behalf appear, Are we more like him at present, And, lo, we see another year.
Than we were in seasons past ?” 4. Then dig, we pray, about our 2. Great defects are still revealed ;
root, Short we fall of his blest aim ; ' O Lord, break up our fallow-ground, Then the conscious soul is filled
And henceforth let our gracious
fruit With a deep, but wholesome
To thy great name's sole praise Earnest to improve the morrow,
O let us all thy praise declare, We our yesterday review,
And fruit unto perfection bear. While the tear of godly sorrow
C. Wesley, (al.) Saddens, but enlivens too. (1065.) 879. T. 166. 3. Jesus, for thy faithful leading, LORD Jesus, 'midst thy flock Which throughout our course appear, we trace,
Thy ransom'd congregation bless ; We adore thee, still proceeding
We meet to close another year, Onward in the path of grace :
Accept the thanks our hearts exWhile another year we enter,
We are not able to record (press : Wo renew our vows of love,
The boundless favours we have All for thee resolv'd to venture;
(Lord, Our benign conductor prove.
They show that we, most gracious
880, T. 97. THE almighty Lord of earth and WHO can rehearse, most gracious sky,