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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;
255. The Blessedness of the Pious and Charitable.
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.
How pure is the delight,
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,
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.
Their hope securely stands;
But practise his commands.
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.
By thine instructions taught,
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.
The wisdom from above,
To guide in virtue's road;
The parent's tender part!
With gifts and graces from above,
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..