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2 To steer our dangerous course between
The rocks on either hand; And fix us in the golden mean,
And bring our charge to land.
To teach as taught by thee,
Our rising progeny.
And mortify their pride;
To find the Crucified.
By thy example taught,
And rectify their thought. 6 We would persuade their hearts t' obey,
With mildest zeal proceed : And never take the harsher way,
When love will do the deed.
The wisdom from above;
And pure ingenuous love!
Withhold the hurtful food;
And draw their souls to God.
To us that ask impart ; Mistrustful of ourselves, afraid
Of our own treach'rous heart.
2 O’erwhelm'd with justest fear, again
To thee for help we call :
By thee unsaved, we fall.
In vain the snare we see :
Of blind idolatry. 4 We plunge ourselves in endless woes,
Our helpless infants sell ;
Who send their babes to hell.
Without superior love!
And wisdom's ways approve.
Their cruel fondness blame; Their children's souls we know they wrong,
And we shall do the same.
Our own infirmity;
And cry, O God, to thee!
And, down the current borne, With shame confess our nature's stream
Too strong for us to turn. 9 Our only help in danger's hour,
Our only strength thou art ; Above the world and Satan's power,
And greater than our heart. 10 Us from ourselves thou canst secure,
In nature's slippery ways;
And make our feeble footsteps sure,
By thy sufficient grace.
We faithfully depend,
And keep them to the end.
To guard what thou hast given: And bring our child with us to meet
At thy right hand heaven. 513 Peru-p. 199.] 4th P. M. 886, 886.
And spread content and happiness
As Jesus' messenger?
And know not how to shun The precipice on either hand, While in the narrow path I stand,
And dread to venture on.
My delegated power ?
At that tremendous hour?
For constant power and grace! That by thy Spirit taught and led, I may with confidence proceed,
And all thy footsteps trace.
5 O teach me thy first lesson now !
Thine easy service prove:
Is governing by love. 514 Elliot—p. 152.] 1st P. M. 6 lines 8s.
To whom we for our children cry:
Out of thy richest grace supply !
Our cares, and pains, and studies here ;
Stamp'd with the humble character !
Their blindness both of heart and mind :
Spotless, and peaceable, and kind :
Be here cut off, and cast aside ;
In every solid truth abide :
Knowledge and vital piety:
And truth and love, let all men see,
In those whom up to thee we give,
And ever by thy Spirit guide!
Thy name confess'd and glorified; Thy power and love diffused abroad, Till all the earth is fill'd with God. 515 Magdalen-p. 84.] L. M.
ASTER supreme, I look to thee Vested with thy authority,
Endue me with thy patient love :
To rule my family aright,
heart and all my might. 3 Inferiors, as a sacred trust,
I from the sovereign Lord receive, That what is suitable and just,
Impartial I to all may give : 4 O’erlook them with a guardian eye ;
From vice and wickedness restrain ; Mistakes and lesser faults pass by,
And govern with a looser rein. 5 The servant faithfully discreet,
Gentle to him, and good, and mild, Him I would tenderly entreat,
And scarce distinguish from a child. 6 Yet let me not my place forsake,
Th' occasion of his stumbling prove, The servant to my bosom take,
Or mar him by familiar love.