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3 He shall defend and guide thy course
Through life's uncertain sea,
Till thou art landed on the shore
Of blest eternity.

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Remember thy Creator.

REMEMBER thy Creator,
While youth's fair spring is bright;
Before thy cares are greater,
Before comes age's night;
While yet the sun shines o'er thee,
While stars the darkness cheer,
While life is all before thee,
Thy great Creator fear.
2 Remember thy Creator,
Before the dust returns
To earth-for 'tis its nature-

And life's last ember burns;
Before, with God who gave it,

The spirit shall appear:
He cries, who died to save it,
"Thy great Creator fear.'

S. M.

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The Young asking for divine Guidance.
FROM earliest dawn of life,

Thy goodness we have shared;
And still we live to sing thy praise,
By sovereign mercy spared.
2 To learn and do thy will,

O Lord, our hearts incline;
And o'er the paths of future life
Command thy light to shine.
3 While taught thy word of truth,
May we that word receive;

And when we hear of Jesus' name,
In that blest name believe!

4 Oh let us never tread

The broad, destructive road,
But trace those holy paths which lead
To glory, and to God.

408

C. M.

HOW shall the young secure their hearts,
And guard their lives from sin ?—
Thy word the choicest rules imparts,
To keep the conscience clean.

2 "Tis like the sun-a heavenly light,
That guides us all the day;
And, through the dangers of the night,
A lamp to lead our way.

3 Thy precepts make me truly wise; I hate the sinner's road;

I hate my own vain thoughts that rise,
But love thy law, my God.

4 Thy word is everlasting truth;
How pure is every page!-
That holy book shall guide our youth,
And well support our age.

409

S. M.

WITH humble heart and tongue,
My God, to thee I pray :

Oh! bring me now, while I am young,
To thee, the living way.

2 Make an unguarded youth
The object of thy care;
Help me to choose the way of truth,
And fly from every snare.

3 My heart, to folly prone, Renew by power divine; Unite it to thyself alone,

And make me wholly thine.

4 Oh! let thy word of grace
My warmest thoughts employ;
Be this, through all my following days,
My treasure and my joy.

5 To what thy laws impart
Be my whole soul inclined;
Come, Saviour, dwell within my heart,
And sanctify my mind.

L. M.

410

Prayer for Youth.

GREAT Saviour! who didst condescend Young children in thine arms to take, Still prove thyself the children's friend,

And save them for thy mercy's sake. 2 While in the slippery paths of youth,

Be thou their guardian-thou their guide; That they, directed by thy truth,

May never from thy precepts slide.

3 To read thy word their hearts incline;
To understand it, light impart:
O Saviour! let their all be thine!
Take full possession of each heart.

411

C. M.

BESTOW, O Lord, upon our youth
The gift of saving grace,

And let the seed of sacred truth

Fall in a fruitful place.

2 Grace is a plant, where'er it grows,
Of pure and heavenly root;
But fairest in the youngest shows,
And yields the sweetest fruit.
3 Ye careless ones, oh, hear betimes
The voice of saving love!
Your youth is stained with numerous crimes,
But mercy reigns above.

4 For you the public prayer is made;
Oh, join the public prayer!
For you the sacred tear is shed;
Oh, shed yourselves a tear!

5 We pray that you may early prove
The Saviour's quickening grace;
Too young you cannot taste his love,
Or seek his smiling face.

C. M.

412

Pleasure of instructing the Young. BLEST work! the youthful mind to win, And turn the rising race From dark and dangerous paths of sin, To seek redeeming grace.

2 Children our kind protection claim;
And God will well approve,
When infants learn to lisp his name,
And their Redeemer love.

3 Be ours the bliss, in wisdom's way
To guide untutored youth,
And show the mind which went astray
The way, the life, the truth!
4 Thy Spirit, Father! on us shed,
And bless this good design:

The honors of thy name be spread;
Be all the glory thine.

TIME.

7s & 6s.
Flight of Time.

TIME is winging us away
To our eternal home;
Life is but a winter's day-
A journey to the tomb:
Youth and vigor soon will flee,
Blooming beauty lose its charms;
All that's mortal soon shall be
Enclosed in death's cold arms.

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2 Time is winging us away

To our eternal home;
Life is but a winter's day-

A journey to the tomb:
But the Christian shall enjoy
Health and beauty, soon, above,
Far beyond the world's alloy,
Secure in Jesus' love.

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C. M.

THE time is short!-sinners, beware,
Nor trifle time away;

The word of great salvation hear,
While yet 'tis called to-day.

2 The time is short!-O sinners, now,
To Christ the Lord submit;
To mercy's golden sceptre bow,
And fall at Jesus' feet.

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