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To Youth. (C. M.)
And through all nature rove,
And taste the joys they love.
But let the sinners know,
Of all the works they do.
The frighted earth and seas,
And flee before his face.
And stand the fiery test?
To be for ever blest. 235. Advice to Youth. Eccl. xii.1,7. Isaiah lxv. 20.
Remember your Creator, God;
When you shall say, “ My joys are gone." 2 Behold, the aged sinner goes,
Laden with guilt and heavy woes,
With endless curses on his head. 3 The dust returns to dust again;
The soul, in agonies of pain,
4 Eternal King! I fear thy name;
Teach me to know how frail I am;
236. Christ's Regard to little Children. Mark x. 14.
With all engaging charms;
And folds them in his arms !
2 “ Permit them to approach, (he cries)
66 Nor scorn their humble name;
“ The Lord of angels came.”
And yield them up to thee;
Thine let our offspring be.
237. Children blessed by Jesus. (L. M.) 1 ESUS, upon lay,
Thy gracious hands, and bless them here;
Long may they live to glorify;
Pleading for Children. (L. M.)
REAT Saviour, who didst condescend,
Still prove thyself the infant's friend,
Baptise them with thy cleansing grace. 2 Whilst in the slippery paths of youth,
Be thou their guardian and their guide,
May never from thy precepts slide.
To understand it, ligbt impart;
239. Parents asking Grace to bring up their
Children for God. (L. M.)
For whom was made whatever is ;
These candidates for glorious bliss :
For grace to guide, what grace has given;
for heaven. 3 Them may we tend, severely kind,
As guardians of their thoughtless youth;
240. Encouragement for Young Persons. (C. M.)
E bearts, with youthful vigour warm,
A Saviour's voice to hear.
Stoops to converse with you;
Your friendship to pursue.
“ Is sure my love to gain ;
“ Shall never seek in vain."
If once compar'd with thee?
Like what in Christ I see?
Vain tempters of the mind !
For here true bliss I find.
N the soft season of thy youth,
In nature's smiling bloom,
Its summons to the tomb.
For him thy pow'rs employ;
Thy confidence and joy.
3 He shall defend, and guide thy course
Through life's uncertain sea,
Of blest eternity.
With peace and pleasure crown'd:
Are in the roses found. 5 Then seek the Lord betimes, and choose,
The ways of heav'nly truth:
Than a religious youth.
242. Prayer for Divine Guidance. (S. M.)
Ow, in my early days,
Teach me thy will to know;
Betimes on me bestow.
The object of thy care ;
And fly from ev'ry snare. 3 My heart to folly prone,
Renew by pow'r divine ;
And make me wholly thine. 4 O let thy word of grace,
My warmest thoughts employ ;