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5 To what thy laws impart,

Be my whole soul inclin'd;
O let them dwell within my heart,

And sanctify my mind.
6 Make thy young servant learn,

By these to cleanse his way;
And may I here the path discern,

That leads to endless day.

243. Early Piety. Matt. xii. 20. (L. M.)
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HOW

OW soft the words my Saviour speaks!

How kind the promises he makes!
A bruised reed he never breaks,

Nor will be quench the smoking flax. 2 The humble poor he won't despise,

Nor on the contrite sinner frown :
His ear is open to their cries,

He quickly sends salvation down. 3 When piety in early minds,

Like tender buds, begins to shoot;
He guards the plants from threatening winds,

And ripens blossoms into fruit.
4 With humble souls he bears a part,

In all the sorrows they endure;
Tender and gracious is his heart,

His promise is for ever sure.
5 He sees the struggles that prevail,

Between the powers of grace and sin;
He kindly listens, while they tell,
The bitter pangs they feel within.

6 Though press'd with fears on every side,

They know not how the strife may end;
Yet he will soon the cause decide,
And judgment unto vict'ry send.

244.

To Youth. (P. M.)

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LEND your ear, ye youthful tribe,
And early, Wisdom's words imbibe,

To guide your wand'ring way!
Why should you scorn the heav'nly guest?
Your happiness is her request,

She leads to endless day.
2 If you obediently regard,
Her dictates, she a sure reward,

Will in the end confer!
What heav'nly bliss does she unfold!
To rubies and the choicest gold,

Her merchandise prefer.
3 In her right hand she e'er displays
A life of peace, and length of days,-

Relief from guilt and sin :
All needful wealth will she bestow,
Honours from her left hand do flow,

Your youthful hearts to win.
4 How full of pleasantness her ways!
Her paths how full of peace! Her praise

Is

sung by every friend ; A tree of life, divinely fair; Nor death, nor danger, shall they share,

Who Wisdom's voice attend.

5 The Scriptures read, nor shall you miss The road to life and happiness :

There Wisdom's voice is heard.
Jehovah fear, from sin depart,
And give the Saviour all your heart,

And share the rich reward. 6 Be true, benevolent, and pure, Patiently suffer, and endure

The chast’ning of the Lord: Servant of God, to man a friend, Happy your life, -and peace your end;

In heav'n your great reward.

BIRTH DAY.

245. A Birth Day Hymn. (P. M.)

MY Ebenezer raise, 11

To my kind Redeemer's praise ; With a grateful heart I own,

Hitherto thy help I've known.
2 What may be my future lot,

Well I know concerns me not;
This should set my heart at rest;

What thy will ordains is best.
3 I my all to thee resign;

Father, let thy will be mine ;
May but all thy dealings prove,

Fruits of thy paternal love.
4 Guard me, Saviour, by thy power,

Guard me in the trying hour :
Let thy unremitted care,
Save me from the lurking snare.

5 Let my few remaining days,

Be directed to thy praise ;
So the last, the closing scene,

Shall be tranquil and serene.
6 To thy will I leave the rest,

Grant me but this one request ;
Both in life and death to prove,
Tokens of thy special love.

246.

For a Birth Day. (P. M.)

1 VOD of my life, to thee

My cheerful soul I raise,
Thy goodness bade me be,

Ånd still prolongs my days:
I see my natal hour return,

And bless the day, that I was born. 2 A clod of living earth,

I glorify thy name,
From whom alone my birth,

And all my blessings came;
Creating and preserving grace,

Let all that is within me praise. 3 My soul, and all its powers,

Thine, wholly thine, shall be ;
All, all my happy hours,

I consecrate to thee;
Whate'er I have, whate'er I am,
Shall magnify my Maker's name.

4 Long as I live beneath,

To thee O let me live,
To thee my every breath,

In thanks and blessings give;
Me to thine image now restore,
And I shall praise thee evermore.

WEDDING.

A Wedding Hymn. (C. M.)

247.

1 SINCE Jesus freely did appear,

O Lord, we ask thy presence here,

To make a wedding-guest.
2 Upon the bridal pair look down,

Who now have plighted hands;
Their union with thy favour crown,

And bless the nuptial bands.
3 With gifts of grace their bearts endow,

Of all rich dowries best!
Their substance bless, and peace bestow,

To sweeten all the rest.
4 In purest love their souls unite,

That they, with christian care,
May make domestic burdens light,

By taking mutual share.
5 True helpers may they prove indeed,

In prayer, and faith, and hope;
And see with joy a godly seed,

To build their household up.

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