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490. Before Morning School. S.M.

(Isai. lviii. 13, 14.)
1 HOW pleasant is the dawn

Of this delightful day!
Now with our teachers we would join,

To read, and praise, and pray.
2 And

may

the God of love
Their kind endeavours own,
That we and they may meet above

To sing before His throne.
3

But may we not forget

That this can never be,
Except our hearts are changed by grace,

And we from sin set free.
4 Blest Saviour, hear our cry,

And grant us all Thy grace;
Thus make us fit, while here below,

To dwell in Thine embrace. 491. After Morning School. L, M.

(Psalm xcvi. 9.)
1 WHEN to the house of God we go,

To hear His word, and sing His love,
We ought to worship Him below

As saints and angels do above.
2 Our God is present everywhere,

And watches all our thoughts and ways:
He marks who humbly join in prayer,

And who sincerely sing His praise.
3 The triflers, too, His eye can see,

Who only seem to take a part;
They move the lip, and bend the knee,

But do not seek Him with the heart.
4 O may we never trifle so,

Nor lose the days our God has given ;
But learn, by sabbaths here below,
To spend eternity in heaven!

492. Before Morning School (Psalm v. 8.) L. M.

1 ASSEMBLED in our school once more,

O Lord, Thy blessing we implore;
We meet to read, and sing, and pray-

Be with us, then, throughout this day.
2 Our fervent prayer to Thee ascends,

For parents, teachers, foes and friends;
And when we in Thy house appear,

Help us to worship in Thy fear.
3 When we on earth shall meet no more,

May we above to glory soar,
And praise Thee in more lofty strains,

Where one eternal sabbath reigns. 493.

Nothing is hid from God. C.M.

(Heb. iv. 13.)
1 ALMIGHTY God, Thy piercing eye

Strikes through the shades of night,
And our most secret actions lie

All open to Thy sight.
2 There's not a sin that we commit,

Nor wicked word we say,
But in Thy dreadful book 'tis writ,

Against the judgment day.
3 And

must the crimes that I have done

Be read and publish’d there?
Be all exposed before the sun,

While men and angels hear?
4 Lord, at Thy feet ashamed I hie;

Upward I dare not look ;
Pardon my sins before I die,

And blot them from Thy book.
5 Remember all the dying pains
That
my

Redeemer felt,
And let His blood wash out my stains,

And answer for my guilt.
60
may

I now for ever fear
To indulge a sinful thought,
Since the great God can see and hear,

And writes down every fault.

494. Thou hast Taught me from my Youth.

(Psalm lxxi. 17.) C. M.
1 FROM the first dawn of infant life

Thy goodness we have shar'd;.
And still we live to sing Thy praise,

By sov'reign mercy spar'd.
2 To seek Thy grace, to do Thy will,

O Lord ! our hearts incline;
And o’er the paths of future life,

Command Thy light to shine.
3 While taught to read the word of truth,

May we the word receive;
And, when we hear of Jesu's name,

In that bless'd name believe.
4 Let not our feet incline to tread

Sin's broad destructive road;
But trace those holy paths, which lead

To glory and to God. 495.

From a Child thou hast known the Holy

Scriptures.(2 Tim. iii. 15.) C.M.
1 HAPPY the child, whose tender years

Receive instruction well,
Who hates the sinner's path, and fears

The road that leads to hell.
2 'Twill save us from a thousand snares,

To love religion young ;,
Grace will preserve our foll’wing years,

And make our virtues strong.
3 To Thee, Almighty God, to Thee

Our childhood we resign;
'Twill please us to look back and see,

That our whole lives were Thine.
4 Let the sweet work of prayer and praise

Employ our youngest breath :
Thus we're prepar'd for longer days,
Or fit for early death.

496.

Thou hast Taught me from my Youth."

(Psalm lxxi. 17.) S.M.
1 THE praises of my tongue

I offer to the Lord,
That I was taught, and learnt so young,

To read His holy word.
2 Dear Lord, this book of Thine

Informs me where to go
For grace to pardon all my sin,

And make me holy too.
3 Oh! may Thy Spirit teach,

And make my heart receive,
Those truths, which all Thy servants preach,

And all Thy saints believe.
4 Then shall I praise the Lord

In a more cheerful strain,
That I was taught to read His word,

And have not learnt in vain.

497.“

Wherewithal shall a Young Man cleanse his

way.(Psalm cxix. 9.) C. M.
1 HOW shall the young secure their hearts,

And guard their lives from sin ?
Thy word, O Lord, the way imparts,

To keep the conscience clean.
2 When that pervades the sinner's mind,

And spreads its light abroad,
The meanest may instruction find,

And raise their thoughts to God.
3 Safe in my heart, and closely hid,

Thy word my treasure lies,
To succour me with timely aid,

When sinful thoughts arise.
4 Thy word is everlasting truth;
How
pure

is

every page!
That holy book shall guide our youth,
And well support our age !

498.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast

Thou ordained strength. (Psalın viii. 2.) C.M. 1 SEE, Lord, before Thy mercy-seat,

In Christ's prevailing name,
A little band of children meet,

Their Father's love to claim.
2 Our foolish hearts, alas, are slow,

To understand Thy way;
O teach us, Lord, Thy will to know,

And help us to obey.
3 Kind are the friends who bring us here,

To learn Thy holy word;
But vain is all their hope and care,

Without Thy blessing, Lord.
4 Then bless us, that we may improve

The means by mercy giv'n;
Fill all our hearts with truth and love,
And lead our steps to heav'n.
Our Father which art in Heaven." L. M.

(Luke xi. 2.)
1 GREAT God! and wilt Thou condescend

To be my Father and my Friend?
I, a poor child, and Thou so high,-

The Lord of earth, and air, and sky!
2 Art Thou my Father ? canst Thou bear

To hear my poor imperfect prayer?
Or wilt Thou listen to the praise

That such a feeble voice can raise?
3 Art Thou my Father ? let me be

A meek obedient child to Thee;
And try in word, and deed, and thought,

To serve and please Thee as I ought.
4 Art Thou my Father ? then at last,

When all my days on earth are past,
Send down, and take me in Thy love,
To praise Thee in the world above.

499.

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