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.
3 Made apt by thy sufficient grace

To teach as taught by thee,
We come to train in all thy ways

Our rising progeny.
4 Their selfish will in time subdue,

And mortify their pride;
And lend their youth a sacred clew

To find the Crucified.
5 We would in every step look up,

By thy example taught,
T'alarm their fear, excite their hope,

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.
ng For this we ask, in faith sincere,

The wisdom from above;
To touch their hearts with filial fear,

And pure ingenuous love!
8 To watch their will, to sense inclined,

Withhold the hurtful food;
And gently bend their tender mind,

And draw their souls to God.
512 Kingston-p. 43.] C. M.
VATHER of lights, thy needful aid

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 :
Where many mightier have been slain,

By thee unsaved, we fall.
3 Unless restrain’d by grace we are,

In vain the snare we see :
We see, and rush into the snare

Of blind idolatry. 4 We plunge ourselves in endless woes,

Our helpless infants sell ;
Resist the light, and side with those

Who send their babes to hell.
5 Ah! what avails superior light,

Without superior love!
We see the truth, we judge aright,

And wisdom's ways approve.
6 We mark the idolizing throng ;

Their cruel fondness blame; Their children's souls we know they wrong,

And we shall do the same.
7 In spite of our resolves, we fear

Our own infirmity;
And tremble at the trial near,

And cry, O God, to thee!
8 We soon shall do what we condemn,

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.
11 If on thy promised grace alone

We faithfully depend,
Thou surely wilt preserve thy own,

And keep them to the end.
12 Wilt keep us tenderly discreet,

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
O’er all beneath my care ?
A pattern to my household give,
And as a guardian angel live,

As Jesus' messenger?
2 The opposite extremes I see,
Remissness and severity,

And know not how to shun The precipice on either hand, While in the narrow path I stand,

And dread to venture on.
3 Shall I, through indolence supine,
Neglect, betray my charge divine ?

My delegated power ?
The souls Ì from my Lord receive,
Of whom I an account must give,

At that tremendous hour?
4 Lord over all, and God Most High !
Jesus, to thee for help I fly,

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 !
That I to thy sweet yoke may bow!

Thine easy service prove:
Lowly and meek in heart, I see
The art of governing like thee,

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To whom we for our children cry:
The good desired and wanted most,

Out of thy richest grace supply !
The sacred discipline be given,
To train and bring them up for heaven.
2 Answer on them the end of all

Our cares, and pains, and studies here ;
On them, recover'd from their fall,

Stamp'd with the humble character !
Raised by the nurture of the Lord,
To all their paradise restored.
3 Error and ignorance remove,

Their blindness both of heart and mind :
Give them the wisdom from above,

Spotless, and peaceable, and kind :
In knowledge pure their minds renew;
And store with thoughts divinely true.
4 Learning's redundant part and vain

Be here cut off, and cast aside ;
But let them, Lord, the substance gain,

In every solid truth abide :
Swiftly acquire, and ne'er forego
The knowledge fit for man to know.
5 Unite the pair so long disjoin'd,

Knowledge and vital piety:
Learning and holiness combined,

And truth and love, let all men see,

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In those whom up to thee we give,
Thine, wholly thine, to die and live.
6 Father, accept them through thy Son,

And ever by thy Spirit guide!
Thy wisdom in their lives be shown,

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 :
2 That taught, according to thy will,

To rule my family aright,
I may th' appointed charge fulfil

With all


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.

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