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4 Lord ! teach them to remember Thee

Their Great Creator, from their youth,
Advancing to maturity
In years, in knowledge, grace, and truth.

5 Now in the strength of power divine,

O may they all, with glad accord,
In holy covenant combine,
And join themselves to Christ the Lord.

6 Thy sons and daughters may they be,

Confirm'd and strengthen’d by thy grace ; And, safe through life preserv'd by Thee, In heaven behold Thee face to face.

Public Charities.

82. For any charitable occasion. L. M. 1 Help us, O Lord! thy yoke to wear,

Delighting in thy perfect will;
Each other's burdens learn to bear,
And thus thy law of love fulfil.

2 “He that hath pity on the poor,

“Lendeth his substance to the Lord :
“ And, lo! his recompence is sure;
“For more than all shall be restor'd.

3 “Who sparingly his seed bestows,

“ He sparingly shall also reap; “But whoso plentifully sows, “ The plenteous sheaves his hands shall

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4 Teach us, with glad, ungrydging heart,

As thou hast bless'd our various store,
From our abundance to impart

A liberal portion to the poor. 5 To Thee our all devoted be,

In whom we breathe, and move, and live;
Freely we have receiv'd from Thee ;

Freely may we rejoice to give.
6 And while we thus obey thy word,

And every call of want relieve,
Oh! may we find it, gracious Lord !
More bless'd to give than to receive.

83. The merciful shall obtain mercy. C. m. 1 Blest is the man, whose softening heart

Feels for another's pain;
To whom the supplicating eye

Is never rais'd in vain : 2 Whose breast expands with generous

warmth

A brother's woe to feel ;
And bleeds in pity o'er the wound,

It wants the power to heal.

3 He spreads his kind supporting arms,

To every child of grief;
His secret bounty largely flows,

And brings unask'd relief.
4 To him protection shall be shown;

And mercy from above
Descend on those who thus fulfil

The perfect law of love. 84. The love of Christ a motive to compassion. c. M. 1 FATHER of mercies ! send thy grace

All-powerful from above,
To form in our obedient souls

The image of thy love.
2 O may our sympathizing breast

That generous pleasure know,
Freely to share in others' joy,

And weep for others' woe.
3 Whene'er the helpless sons of grief

In low distress are laid,
Soft be our hearts their pains to feel,

And swift our hands to aid. 4 So Jesus look'd on dying men,

Enthron'd above the skies;
And, when He saw their lost estate,

Felt His compassion rise.
5 Since Christ, to save our guilty souls,

On wings of mercy flew,
We, whom the Saviour thus hath loy'd,

Should love each other too.

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1 Blest is the man, whose heart expands

At melting Pity's call:
And the rich blessings of whose hands

Like heavenly manna fall.
2 Children our kind protection claim;

And God will well approve,
When infants learn to lisp His name,

And their Creator love.
3 Be ours the bliss, in wisdom's way

To guide untutor’d youth,
And lead the mind that went astray

To virtue and to truth.
4 Almighty God! thine influence shed

To aid this good design :
The honours of thy name be spread,

And all the glory thine.

86. For Charity School children. c. M. 1 HEAR, Lord, the song of praise and prayer,

In heaven thy dwelling place,
From children made the public care,

And taught to seek thy face.
2 Thanks for thy word and for thy day!

And grant us, we implore,
Never to waste, in sinful play.

Thy holy sabbaths more.

3 Thanks that we hear; but oh! impart

To each desires sincere,
That we may listen with the heart,

And learn as well as hear.
4 O Lord ! do Thou our spirits take

Beneath thy gracious sway, Who canst the wisest wiser make,

And babes as wise as they. 5 Wisdom and bliss thy word bestows,

A sun that ne'er declines :
And be thy mercy shower'd on those

Who place us where it shines.

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1 Thy throne, O God! in righteousness

For ever shall endure;
We bow before it ; deign to bless

The children of the poor.
2 Thy wisdom fix'd our lowly birth,

Yet we thy goodness share;
Still make us, while we dwell on earth,

The children of thy care. 3 Thou art our Shepherd, glorious God!

Thy little flock behold;
And guide us by thy staff and rod,

The children of thy fold.

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