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'Twill save us from a thousand-snares,
Samuel, the child, was wean'd and brought
To wait upon the Lord;
To know his holy word.
Then why should I fo long delay
What others learnt so soon? •Twill please us to look back and fee
I would not pass another day
Without this work begun.
Employ my youngest breath; Thus I'm prepar’d for longer days,
$ 229. Az ainsi Lying. WATTS. Or fit for early death.
a lovely thing for youth
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
But liars we can never trust,
“ To seek for heav'n, or' think of death ?” Tho' they should speak the thing that's truc! A flow'r may fade before 'tis noon,
And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two. If this rebellious heart of mine
Have we not known, nor heard, nor read, Delpife the gracious calls of Heav'n,
How God abhors deceit and wrong?
How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue?
So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in and grew so bold
As to confirm that wicked lie
That just before her husband told.
The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but ev'ry liar
Must have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire. 'Tis dangerous to provoke a God!
Then let me always watch my lips,
Left I be ftruck to death and hell,
Since God a book of reck’ning keeps
For ev'ry lie that children well.
$ 230. Against Quarrelling and Fighting. To wish I had my time again,
WATTS. Or hope to see my Maker's face !
LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so ;
Let bears and lions growl and fight, 228. Examples of Early Piety. WATTS.
For 'tis their nature too:
But, children, you should never let
Such angry 'paflions rise;
Your little hands were never made.
To tcar each other's eyes.
Let love thro' all your actions run,
And all your words be mild;
Live like the blessed Virgin's Son,
That sweet and lovely child. At twelve years old he talk'd with men His foul was gentle as a lamb; (The Jeivs all wond'ring ftand)
And, as his Nature grew,
He grew in favour both with man
And God his Father too.
Now, Lord of all, he reigns ahove;
And from his heav'nly throne
And marks them for his owA.
§ 231. Love betsvecni Brothers and Sisters. And
how wicked children dare
And, when they're angry, how they fivear,
And curse their fellows, and blaspheme !
How will they stand before thy face, Quarrels should never come.
Who treated thee with such disdain, Birds in their little netts agree;
While thou shalt dooin them to the place And ’ris a shameful night,
Of everlasting fire and pain ! When children of one family
Then never shall one cooling drop Fall out, and chide, and tight!
To quench their burning tongues be giv'o ; Hard names at first, and threat’ning words,
But I will praise thee here, and hope That are but noisy breath,
Thus to employ my tongue in heav'n. May grow to clubs and naked swords,
My heart shall be in pain to hear To murder and to death.
Wretches atfront the Lord above, The devil tempts one mother's son
Tis that great God whose pow'r I fear, To rage against another ;
That Heav'nly Father, whom I love. So wicked Cain was hurry'd on
If my companions grow profane, Till he had kill'd his brother.
I'll leave their friend hip when I hear The wife will make their anger cool,
Young sinners take thy name in vain, At least before 'tis night;
And learn to curse, and learn to fivear. But in the bofom of a fool
It burns till morning-light. Pardon, O Lord, our childish rage,
$ 234. Against Idleness and Mischief. Watts. Our little brawls reinove ;
HOW doth the little bufy bce That as we grow to riper age,
Improve cach shining hour, Our hearts may all be love.
And gather honey all the day
From ev'ry op'ning how'r! $ 232. Againjł Scoffing and calling Names.
How skilfully the builds her cell!
How neat Nie spreads the wax!
With the sweet food she makes, When others give a railing word,
In works of labour, or of skill, We must not rail again.
I would be busy too ; Gross words and angry names require
For Satan Gnds fomc mischief Nill
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be past, But lips that dare be so profane,
That I may give for ev'ry day To mock, and jeer, and scoif,
Some good account at last. Ac holv things, or holv men,
The Lord Thail cut then off. Wher children in their wanton play
§ 235. Against Evil Company. WATT. Serv'd old Elitha 10; And bid the prophet go his way,
WHY Thould I join with those in play • Go up, thou bald-head, go;"
In whom I've no delight;
Who curse and swear, but never pray
Who call ill names and fight.
Their words offend mine cars;
I should not dare defile my tongue
With language such as theirs.
Away from fools I'll turn mine eyes; To tame and rule my tongue !
Nor with the scoffers go :
I would be walking with the wise, $ 233. Afaini Siverring, and Cxrfig, and taking
That wiser I may growi:
Fron one rude boy that's us’d to mock,
They learn the wicked jest ::
One fickly sheep infects the dock,
And poifous all the ralt. Beneath the terrori oi thy rui.
My God, I hate to walk or dwell
§ 238. The Child's Complaint. Watts. With sinful children here : Then let me not be fent to hell,
WHY should I love my sport so well,
So constant at my play,
And then forget to pray ! § 236. Against Pride in Clothes. Watts.
What do I read my Bible for,
But, Lord, to learn thy will ?
And shall I daily know thee more,
And less obey thee ftill? Till Eve, our mother, learnt to fin.
How senseless is my heart, and wild ! When first she put the cov’ring on,
How vain are all my thoughts ! Her robe of innocence was gone ;
Pity the weakness of a child, And yet her children vainly boast
And pardon all my faults. In the fad marks of glory loft.
Make me thy heav'nly voice to hear, How proud we are! how fond to thew
And let me love to pray ; Our clothes, and call them rich and new!
Since God will lend a gracious ear
To what a child can fay.
§ 239. A Morning and Evening Song. WATTS. Let me be drest fine as I will,
MY: God, who makes the sun to know
His proper hour to rise, Knowledge and virtue, truth and grace:
And to give light to all below, These are the robes of richest dress.
Doth lend him round the skies ! No more shall worms with me compare ;
When from the chambers of the east This is the raiment angels wear ;
His morning race begins, The Son of God, when here below, .
He never tires, nor stops to rest, Put on this blest apparel too.
But round the world he shines ; It never fades, it ne'er grows old,
So, like the fun, would I fulfil Nor fears the pain, nor moth nor mould:
The bus'ness of the day : It takes no spot, but still refines ;
Begin my work betimes, and ftill The more 'tis worn, the more it shines.
March on my heav'nly way. In this on earth should I appear,
Give me, O. Lord, thy early grace, Then go to heav'n and wear it chere,
Nor let my soul complain God will approve it in his fight;
That the young morning of my days 'Tis his own work, and his delight.
Has all been
spent in vain !
Evening Song. § 237. Obedience to Parents. WATTS.
AND now another day is gone, LET children that would fear the Lord, I'll sing my Maker's praise ; Hear what their teachers fay;
My comforts ev'ry hour make knows With rev’rence meet their parents word,
His providence and grace.
But how my childhood runs to waste !
Lord give me pardon for the past,
And strength for days to come. Or mocks his mother's word ?
I lay my body down to sleep; What heavy guilt upon him lies !
Let angels guard my head, How cursed is his name!
And, thro' the hours of darkness, keep The ravens shall pick out his eyes,
Their watch around my bed. And eagles eat the same.
With cheerful heart I close my eyes, But those who worship God, and give
Since thou wilt not remove; Their parents honour due,
And in the morning let ine rise, Here on this earth they long fhall live,
Rejoicing in thy love And live hercafter too,
§ 240. For the Lord's Day Morning. $ 243. Our Saviour's Golden Rule. WATTS.
MATT, vii, 1:. THIS is the day when Christ arose Be you to others kind and true, So curly from the dead;
As vou'd have others bc to you; Why thould I keep iny eye-lids clos’d,
And neither do nor far to mcn
Whate'er you would not take again.
§ 244. Duty to God and our Neighlour. W's7Ts. And thall I still wcar Satan's yoke, And love my sins so well)
LOVE God with all your soul and strength,
With all your heart and mind; To-day with pleasure Christians meet,
And love your neighbour as yourself;
Be faithful, juft, and kind.
Deal with another as you'd have
Another deal with you; I'll leave my sport to read and pray,
What you're unwilling to receive,
Be sure you ncver do.
§ 245. The Hosanna; or Salvation ascribed !
Chrift.-Long, Common, and Short Metre. $ 241. For the Lord's Day Evening. WATTS.
WATTS. LORD, how delightful 'tis to see
HOSANNA to king David's Son, A whole affembly worship thee!
Who reigns on a superior throne;
We bless the Prince of heav'nly birth,
Let cv'ry nation, cv'ry age, 'Tis like a little heav'n below :
In this delightful work engage ; Ivo tall my pleasure and iny play
Old men and babes in Zion ling Sh al tempt me to forget this day.
The growing glories of her King! O write upon my mein'ry, Lord,
HOSANNA to the Prince of Grace : Tlic text and doctrincs of thy word;
Sion, behold thy King! That I may break thy laws no more,
Proclaim the Son of David's race, But love thce better than before.
And teach thc babes to sing. With thouyhts of Christ and things divine Hosanna to th'eternal word, Fill up this foolith heart of mind;
Who from the Father came; That, hoping pardon thro' his blood,
Ascribe salvation to the Lord, inay lie down, and wake with God.
With bleflings on his naine.
HOSANNA to the Son § 242. The Ten Commandments, out of the Old Of David and of God,
Testament; avith the sum of the Commandments Who brought the news of pardon down, 0:t of the Niwu Tiftument. Watts.
And bought it with his blood.
To Chrift, th'anointed King,
Be endless blellings gir'n;
Let the whole earth his glory sing, THOU halt have no more gods but me. Who made our peace with Heayn.
Before no idol bow thy knee. Take not the name of God in vain, 4. Nor dare the Sabbath-day profane.
§ 246. Clory to the Father, and to the Son, Br 5. Give both thy parents honor de. 6. Talo heed that thou no inurder do.
Long, Common, and Shor! Metre. Watts. 7. Abitain from words and decds unclean,
To God the Father, God the Son, 8. Nor teal tho' thou art poor and mean ;
And God the Spirit, three in onc, 9. Nor make a wilful lie, nor love it.
Bc honour, pralic, and glory giv'n, 10. What is thy neighbour's dare not covce By all on earth, and all in heav'n. M1TT. xxii. 37.
NOW let the Father and the Son,
And Spirit be adorů, WITH all thy foul love Gad above;
Where there are works to make him knonte And as thviltihy neighbour loon,
Or laiats to love the Lord
GIVE to the Father praise,
Yet the role has one powerful virtue to boasi, Giye glory to the Son ;
Above all the fow'rs of the field : (loft, And to the Spirit of his grace
When its leaves are all dead, and fine colours are Be cqual honour done.
Suill how fweet a perfume will it yield! So frail is the youth and the beauty of men,
Tho' they bloom and look gay like the rose: § 247. The Sluggard. Watts. But all our fond care to preserve them is vain;
Time kills thein as fast as he goes. 'TIS the voice of a fluggard; I heard him complain,
(again." Then I'll not be proud of my youth or my beauty, « You have wak'd me too foon, I must number Since both of them wither and fade : As the door on its hinges, lo he on his bed [head. But gain a good name by well doing any duty; Turns his fides and his shoulders, and his heavy
This will scent like a rose when I'm dead. « A little more sleep and a little more Number," Thus he waites half his days and his hours without number;
$ 250. The Thief. Watts. And when he gets up he sits folding his hands, WHY should I deprive iny neighbour Or walks abour faunt'ring, or trifling hc stands. Of his goods against his will?
Hands were made för honcst labour
Not to plunder or to steal.
By such tricks to hope for gain :
All ihat's ever got by thieving
Turns to forrow, Tháme, and pain.
Their fad protit o compute?
When they stole forbidden fruit !
Oft we see a young beginner
Practise little pilföring ways,
Then the gallows ends his days. Who taught me betimes to love working and
Theft will not be always hidden,
Tho' we fancy none can ipy: § 248. Innocent Play. Watts.
When we take a thing forbidden,
God beholds it with his eye. A BROAD in the meadows, to fee the young Guard my heart, o God of hcar'n, lambs
Left I covet what's not mine :
Left I ftcal what is not giv'n,
Guard my heart and hands from fin.
§ 251. The Ant, or Emmet. Watts. If we had been ducks, we might dabble in mud; Or doys, we might play till it ended in blood;
We tread them to dust, and a troop of them So foul and lo fierce are their natures : But Thomas and William, and such pretty names, Yet, as wise as we are, if we went to their school,
Without our regard or concern : (dies, Should be cleanly and harmless as doves or as
There's many a lluggard and many a fool, Those lovely ficet innocent creatures. [lambs,
Sume lessons of wildom might learn. Not a thing that we do, nor a word that we say, They don't wear their time out in Necping or play, Should hinder another in jesting or play; For he's still in carneft that's hurt: (mire!
Lut gather up corn in a fun-fhiny day; How rude are the boys that throw pebbles and They manage their work in such regular forms;
And for winter they lay up their stores : There's none but a madınan will Aing about fire, One would enink they forefaw all the frosts and And tell
But I have lefs sense than a poor creeping ant, $ 249. The Rose. Watts.
If I take not duc care for the things I Ihall want, HoW fair is the rofe ! what a beautiful Aow'r! Nor provide against dangers in tine. The glory of April and May !
When death or old age thall stare in my face, But the Icaves are beginning to fade in an hour. What a wretch fhall I be in the end of my days, And they wither and die in a day.
If I trifle array all thcir primo !