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383 Honoured Work.
C.M. 1 BE ours the bliss in wisdom's way
To guide untutored youth ;
The Way, the Life, the Truth.
To bless this good design;
And be the glory Thine. 384 Instruction of Children. C.M. 1 LET children hear the mighty deeds
Which God performed of old ;
And which our fathers told.
His works of power and grace ;
To teach the rising race. 385 Supplication,
L.M. 1 As teachers of the rising race,
O Lord, we supplicate Thy grace ;
Unless we heavenly influence gain,
The shades of error will depart,
Before the glorious orb of day.
And crown our labours with success!
Grant that the seed in weakness sown
May soon be raised in righteousness. 2 On babes and children mercy show,
And let their souls before Thee live ;
But Thou alone canst increase give. 3 Seal our instructions on each heart,
And teach them to observe Thy ways;
And serve Thee in their youthful days. 4 Then we and they, when time shall end,
Shall joyful meet Thee in the sky;
And praise Thee to eternity. 387 Holy Spirits Power. 1 GREAT God, while we surround Thy throne,
And joint petitions heavenward rise,
Perfumed by Jesus' sacrifice. 2 Spirit Divine, Thy holy fire
Diffuse through every waiting breast;
And be our labours largely blest.
8's. 1 DEAR Jesus, whose servants we are,
Look down on our labour of love ; Drive pride and presumption afar,
And make us what Thou wilt approve ; Give hearts full of pity divine,
With eyes that look only to Thee;
Give feet which shall always incline
To walk where Thy footsteps we see. 2 Give hands that shall gladly unite
In all Thou hast called us to do;
The track of our Master pursue :
And we are removed to our rest,
And so be eternally blest.
To where our expectation lies;
And humbly wait to witness Thine. 2 'Tis Thine alone to truly bless,
To crown our efforts with success,
To guide through life, and lead to heaven. 3 Teach us to take our proper seat,
Disciples at the Saviour's feet;
What we to others may dispense. 390 Promised Blessing.
7's. 1 God of union, God of love !
With Thy sanctifying power,
Bless us in this solemn hour.
What shall most to Thee incline ;
O reclaim each wandering heart,
Seal them, seal them, ever Thine ! 3 Make us faithful to the end,
Whilst our labours we fulfil ;
Like the dew on Hermon's hill. 391 Fears and Hopes.
C.M. 1 DEAR Lord, above our rising fears
Thy promise rises high,
Shall surely reap in joy. 2 That promise, Lord, we now would plead
Before Thy gracious throne ;
Must come from Thee alone.
And darkness clouds the mind;
Shall in due season find ? 4 May the dear children, drawn by grace,
Hear Thy majestic voice ;
And we in Thee rejoice. 392 Prayer-Meeting.
8.7.4. 1 THANKS to Him who now permits us
In His gracious Name to meet ;
In His service
2 Thankful for Thy kind permission
To appear before Thy throne,
All we ask for
Is the fruit of grace alone. 393 Parents' or Teachers' Prayer. 1 DEAR Lord, bow down Thy gracious ear,
Regard our poor imperfect prayer ;
And crown their souls with saving grace. 2 Before our eyes are closed in death,
Or we to God resign our breath,
By grace inclined to follow Thee ! 394 For Continued success. L.M. 1 0 David's Son, and David's Lord,
From age to age Thou art the same ;
And teach our youth to know Thy Name. 2 Ere long we hope to be where care,
And sin, and sorrow, never come ;
That these may praise Thee in our room ! 3 Show them how vile they are by sin,
And wash them in Thy cleansing blood ;
And be to them a cov'nant God!
To bless this place when we are gone;