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W E L L
V A L L E Y.
( WHO PASSING THROUGH THE VALLEY OF BACA MAKE IT A WELL."
Ps. lxxxiv. 6.-See Preface,
BY REV. THOS. SMYTH, D.D.
CHARLESTON, S. C.
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,
816 CHESTNUT ST., PHILADELPHIA.
NEW YORK: No. 59 CHAMBERS STREET.
LOUISVILLE: No. 103 FOURTH ST.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by the
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of
HP No books are published by the AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION without the sanction of the Committee of Publication, consisting fourteen members, from the following denominations of Christians, viz. Baptist, Methodist, Congregational, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Reformed Dutch. Not more than three of the members can be of the same denomination, and no book can be published to which any member of the Committee shall object.
Fair form that sittest on the cloud,
An image of parental love,
To earth descendest from above,
As sheltering them from worldly harms; All words are weak to speak of theo,
And figure thy fair form divinest charity!
How can we paint thee to our eyes ?
Thy brow is like the radiant morn, Thy flowing robes are azure skies,
And stars the gems thy robes adorn; The vernal cloud thy chariot fair,
The winds the steeds that chariot bear, And hues of evening clouds that roam,
Are but the radiant gate that leads unto thy home.
If thus thou'rt fair with God above,
And fairer than all things below, Bathed in thy light, immortal love,
May our hearts burn our footsteps glow; With emulous haste our feet be shod,
To love our neighbor, serve our Lord ; His sheep to feed, His lambs to tend,
Through pastures green their way to wend, His voice to know, His staff to heed,
And to His home and banquet lead. Such actions are the hearts own door,
Whereby affection comes, and multiplies her store, Up springing in the Soul with joy for evermore.
Childhood in God's own temple ever found,
Sweet childhood ! shadow of celestial love,