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2 Blest is the pious house, Where zeal and friendship meet; Their songs of praise, their mingled vows,

Make their communion sweet :


When love, from Christ the spring,

Descends to every soul;
And heavenly peace, with balmy wing,
Shades and bedews the whole.

255. The Blessedness of the Pious and Charitable.

Ps. cxiii.

THRICE happy man who fears the Lord,
Loves his commands, and trusts his word
Honour and peace his days attend,
And blessings to his seed descend.

Compassion dwells upon his mind,
To works of mercy still inclin'd;
He lends the poor some present aid ;
Or gives them, not to be repaid.

When times grow dark, and tidings spread
That fill his neighbours round with dread,
His heart is arm’d against the fear,
For God with all his power is there.
His soul, well fix'd upon the Lord,
Draws heavenly courage from his word;
Amid the darkness light shall rise,
To cheer his heart and bless his eyes.

He hath dispers’d his alms abroad ;
His works are still before his God;
His name on earth shall long endure,
And his reward in heaven is sure.

Love to God and our Neighbour.

1 Thus saith the first, the great command : • Let all thine inward powers unite To love thy Maker and thy God, With utmost vigour and delight.

2 • Then shall thy neighbour next in place Share thine affections and esteem; And let thy kindness to thyself Measure and rule thy love to him.'

3 But oh, how base our passions are ! How cold our charity and zeal ! Lord ! warm our souls with heavenly fire, And mould our spirits to thy will.

Family affection influenced by Religion.

How pleasing, Lord! to see,

How pure is the delight,
When mutual love, and love to thee,
A family unite.

From those celestial springs

Such streams of comfort flow, As no increase of riches brings, Nor honours can bestow.

3 All in their stations move,

And each performs his part, In all the cares of life and love,

With sympathizing heart.

4 Form'd for the purest joys,

By one desire possessid,
One aim the zeal of all employs,
To make each other bless'd.

No bliss can equal theirs,

Where such affections meet, While mingled praise and mingled prayers Make their communion sweet.

6 "Tis the same pleasure fills

The breast in worlds above; Where joy like morning dew distils,

And all the air is love.

258. Pious Education.

1 Let children hear the mighty deeds,

Which God perform’d of old ; Which in younger years we saw, And which our fathers told.

2 He bids us make his glories known,

His works of power and grace ; And we'll convey his wonders down, Through every rising race.

3 Our lips shall tell them to our sons,

And they again to theirs; That generations yet unborn May teach them to their heirs.

Thus shall they learn, in God alone

Their hope securely stands;
That they may ne'er forget his works,

But practise his commands.

The Parents'Prayer.

God only wise, Almighty, Good!

Send forth thy truth and light, To point us out the narrow road, And guide our steps aright.

2 Grant us thy wisdom and thy grace,

To teach as taught by thee : Aid us to train, in all thy ways, Our rising progeny.

We would in every step look up,

By thine instructions taught,
To alarm their fear, excite their hope,

And rectify their thought.

We would persuade their hearts to obey ;

With mildest zeal proceed; And never take the harsher way, When love may well succeed.

For this we ask, in faith sincere,

The wisdom from above,
To train their hearts to filial fear,
And pure ingenuous love ;

To watch their will, to sense inclin'd;

To guide in virtue's road;
And gently bend their tender mind,
And draw their heart to God.

The Parent's Prayer.

FATHER of all, whose sovereign will
Hath call'd thy servant to fulfil

The parent's tender part!

With gifts and graces from above,
With calmest care, and wisest love,
Endue my erring heart.

Oh may I never cease to see
The one great end, for which to me

Thou hast my children given ! Aided by energy divine, To bring to thee, and keep them thine, And train them up for heaven.

3 My first concern their souls to rear, Grant me, O Lord, with godly fear,

In virtue's paths to lead ; To form their childhood and their youth, With love, and purity, and truth; With living bread to feed.

4 Oh let thy word their footsteps guide ; And may their faith in Christ abide,

And fix their hopes on high : Lead them to thee their hearts to give; And let them to thy glory live, Or in thy favour die.

5 Parents and children—may we grow In grace and virtue here below;

And when death's vale is past, Oh then to us the bliss be given, To form a family in heaven Without a wanderer lost.

261. Family Devotion.

1 Father of men ! thy care we bless, Which crowns our families with peace : From thee they sprang, and by thy hand The root and branches are sustain'd..

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