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See the fond father clasp his chilil;
Hark! how his bowels move:
from God my Father's love?
To darkness and despair;
To dwell for ever there?
Look down, dear Lord, and bless; I'll wrestle hard, as Jacob did May I obtain success!”
S. M. 658. Prayer for infants; or, Children, duy by
day, given to God. GREAT God, now condescend
To bless our rising race;
To thy victorious grace! 2 O what a vast delight
Their happiness to see! Our warmest wishes all unite
To lead their souls to thee. 3 Dear Lord, thy Spirit pour
Upon our infant seed;
That makes them Chine indeed. 4 May they receive thy word,
Confess the Saviour's name; Then follow their despised Lord
Through the baptismal stream 5 Thus let our favour'd race
Surround thy sacred board, There to adore thy sovereign grace,
And sing their dying Lord.
To whom we for our children cry!
Out of thy richest grace supply! 2 Error and ignorance remove,
The blindness of their heart and mind; Give them the wisdom from above,
Spotless, and peaceable, and kind. 3 Answer on them the end of all
Our cares, and pains, and studies here! On them recover'd from their fall,
Stamp'd with the humble character! 1 Unite, what long has been disjoin'd,
Knowledge and vital piety;
And truth and love let all men see. 5 Father, accept them through thy Son,
And ever by thy Spirit guide!
Thy name confess'd and glorified.
But first obedient to thy word
And serve with heart sincere.
The stumbling-block remove: Their duty by my life explain, And still in all my works maintain
The dignity of love.
Ersy to be entreated, mild,
A foll’wer of niy God:
la the celestial road.
That they may be forgiven;
Conduct us all to heaven.
L. M. 661.
Around the majesty of Heaven!
Their souls renew'd, their sins forgiven. 2 Go, imitate the grace divine,
The grace that blazes like a sun;
Through all your lives let mercy run! 3 Upon your bounty's willing wings
Swift let the great salvation fly;
To pain and sickness help apply. 4 Pity the weeping widow's wo,
And be her counsellor and stay;
To useful, happy life, his way. 5 Let age, with want and weakness bow'd,
Your howels of compassion move; Let een your
nemie be bless'd, 'Their hatred recompens'd with love.
6 When all is done, renounce your deeds
Renounce self-righteousness with scorn :
C. M. 662. Provilling Bags that wax not old.
Luke xii. 33.
With God lair up in store;
Brighter than golden ore.
Have scatter'd here below,
To ample harvests grow.
At Jesus' feet I lay:
I. M. 663.
Liberality.-Hag. ii. 8.
And ev'ry blessing carth affords;
And must return at his command. ? T'he blessings which I now enjoy,
I must for Christ and souls en ploy;
My Lord will soon call in his loan, 3 When I to him in want apply,
He never does my suit deny;
Since I so much from him receive? $ Shall Jesus leave the realms of day
And clothe himself in humble clay?
5 And shall I wickedly withhold
To give my silver or my gold?
And save the sinners Jesus loves?
To give the whole I can afford;
with cheerful hands resign.
664. Imitation of Christ in doing good.
(131.) L. M. WHEN Jesus dwelt in mortal clay,
What were his works from day to day, But miracles of pow'r and grace
Which spread salvation thro' our race. 2 Teach us, O Lord! to keep in view
Thy pattern, and thy steps pursue:
Be witness'd by each rolling sun.
Who niuch receives, but nothing gives; W'hom none can love, whom none can thank,
Creation's blot, creation's blank.
In gen'rous acts his radiant way,
C. M. 665. Relieving Christ in his Members.
Matt. xxv. 40.
Thy bounties how complete!
How pay thu mighty debt?