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Grant us and all our children 'Tis free mercy, we must own,
grace,

(praise,' And the gift of God alone.
In word and deed thy name to 4. In this vain and wretched world
Yea, in each family, thy will Children are expos’d and tried ;

And purpose to fulfil. Many are to ruin hurl'd,
(1043.) 864.

Few in Jesus Christ abide ;
T. 22.

And no human prudence can
O LORD, who number’st all our Save the soul of fallen man.

days,
Who guardest us in all our ways,

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 ;
Who know'st our wants, and hear. Your sincere endeavours bless,

Grace and wisdom he'll impart,
2. Endow all parents with thy love, Hear your prayers, and grant suc-
And give them wisdom from above
To educate each child for thee,

6. Hear, O Lord, a parent's prayer,
As thy redeemed property.
3. Grant us and all our children How should I in heaven appear,

Let my tears prevail 'fore thee : grace,

If my child were not with me!
So here on earth to run our race, Therefore thou my steps direct,
That we in heaven may meet, and Lest my duty I neglect.

sing
Eternal praise to thee, our King.

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,
That each to his family

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,

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C. J. La Trobe.

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869.

T. 586.

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867.

T. 167.

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;
Quickly appeas'd and reconcil'd, Gracious Lord, implore of thee.

B. La Trobe.
A follower of my God;
A saint indeed I long to be, (1047.)
And lead my faithful family

O MAKE each family a temple,
Onward in the celestial road.

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
Into thy hands receive:

To every husband grant that bless-
Work in me both to will and do, To lift up holy hands unceasing;
And show them, how believers true, And to the wives give grace,
How humbly real Christians live. Array'd in lowliness,

C. Wesley (ad.) Thy name to praise. (1045.)

T. 166.
OUR children, gracious Lord and
God,
(mend;

D.
With fervour we to thee com-

870,

|(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

viour, know,

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
(1046.) 868.
IN this world, so full of snares, All our wants thou dost supply ;
Take our children in thy keeping; Thus our cruse is never dry.

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to

B. La Trobe.

T. 185.

J. Swertner.

T. 83.

feed us,

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

trial, gation

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.

874.

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.

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3. Here is love divine portrayed, But hasten through this vale of
So that man the lines may trace; woe, —
See, O man, God's love displayed And, restless to behold thy face,
In thy Saviour's marred face: Swift to our heavenly country move,

Wouldst thou praise him, :/: Our everlasting home above.
Be thy theme redeeming grace. 3. We've no abiding city here,
4. Bear in mind how Jesus suffer'd, But seek a city out of sight;
He, the righteous, for the unjust; Thither our steady course we steer,
How his sinless soul he offer'd Aspiring to the plains of light;
Unto God for sinful dust; Jerusalem, the saints' abode,

Love thus triumph'd, :ll: Whose founder is the living God.
Mighty now to save the lost.

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
6. We shall see our Lord returning, hast borne,
Then the sav'd their heads shall Freely and graciously forgiv'n,
raise ;

(mourning With songs to Zion we return,
He will change their grief and Contending for our native heaven;
Into notes of endless praise : That palace of our glorious King;
As Jehovah :Il:

We find it nearer while we sing.
Every tongue will him confess.

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.

C. Wesley.
875.

(1063.) 876.
LEADER of faithful souls, and
Of all that travel to the sky, (Guide AGAIN another fleeting year
Come, and with us, ev'n us abide, Of my short life is past;
Who would on thee alone rely ; I cannot long continue here,
On thee alone our spirits stay,

And this may be my last.
While held in life's uneven way. 2. Much of my dubious life is gone,
2. Strangers and pilgrims here Nor will return again ;
below,

(place; And swift my passing moments run, This earth we know is not our The few that yet remain.

T. 90.

T. 14.

3. Now a new scene of time begins; Who reigns, in light enthron’d on

Press on, my soul, to heaven; high,
Seek pardon of thy former sins, Ancient of never-ending days;

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
Unwearied walk the heavenly road, trees,
Nor doubt a happy end. Alas! we cumber'd long the ground;

La Trobe. No pleasant fruit of holiness
(1064.) 877.* T. 167. On our dead souls was ever found;
FAITHFUL souls their Saviour's Yet mercy stay'd our doom severe :
blessing

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

(abound; shame;

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;

prov’d;

(Lord, Our benign conductor prove.

They show that we, most gracious
J. Schmidt. 'Midst our defocts by thee are lov'd.
878.
T. 90. (1066.)

880, T. 97. THE almighty Lord of earth and WHO can rehearse, most gracious sky,

Lord,
The God of ages let us praise ; The mercy which thou dost afford

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