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IN RECOLLECTIONS OF
TEN HAPPYDAYS. MARCH 25
FROM APRIL .5
GEORGIE CAVE GASKIN.
DIVINE AND MORAL SONGS
THE REV. ISAAC WATTS, D.D.
WITH COLOURED PICTURES BY
MRS. ARTHUR GASKIN.
BIRDS IN THBIR LITTLE NESTS
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1. A General Song of Praise to God.
I How glorious is our heavenly King,
Who reigns above the sky!
How shall a child presume to sing
His dreadful majesty?
2 How great his power is, none can tell,
Nor think how large his grace;
Not men below, nor saints that dwell
On high before his face.
3Not angels that stand round the Lord
Can search his secret will;
But they perform his heavenlyword,
And sing his praises still.
4Then let me join this holy train,
And my first offerings bring;
Th' eternal GOD will not disdain
To hear an infant sing.
5My heart resolves, my tongue obeys,
And angels shall rejoice,
To hear their mighty Maker's praise,
Sound from a feeble voice.
2. Praise for Creation and Providence.
I I SING the almighty power of GOD,
That made the mountains rise:
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.
21 sing the wisdom that ordain'd
The sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at his command,
And all the stars obey.
31 sing the goodness of the Lord,
That fill'd the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with his word,
And then pronounced them good.
4 Lord, how thy wonders are displayed,
Where'er I turn mine eye!
If I survey the ground I tread,
Or gaze upon the sky!
5There's not a plant or flow'r below,
But makes thy glories known;
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
By order from thy throne.
6Creatures (as numerous as they be)
Are subject to thy care;
There's not a place where we can flee
But GOD is present there.
7 In Heaven heshineswithbeams oflove,
With wrath in Hell beneath;
'Tis on his earth I stand or move,
And 'tis his air I breathe.
8 H is hand is my perpetual guard,
He keeps me with his eye:
Why should I then forget the Lord,
Who is for ever nigh?
3. Praise to God. fo ur olr edemjltion.
r BLEST be the wisdom, and the power,
The justice and the grace,
That join'd in council to restore,
And save our ruin'd race.
2 Our father ate forbidden fruit,
And from his glory fell;
Andwe, hischildren, thuswere brought
To death, and near to hell.
3Blest be the Lord, that sent his Son
To take our flesh and blood!
He for our lives gave up his own,
To make our peace with GOD.
4He honour'd all his Father's laws,
Which we have disobey'd;
He bore our sins upon the cross,
And our full ransom paid.
5 Behold him rising from the grave,
Behold him rais'd on high!
WHEN r IR I TAKE /AY V$ALKS
AbROAD HOW /ANY POOR I SEE-
He pleads his merits there, to save
Transgressors doom'd to die.
6There on a glorious throne he reigns,
And by his power divine,
Redeems us from the slavish chains
Of Satan and of sin.
7Thence shall the LORD to judgment
And with a sov'reign voice,
Shall call, and break up every tomb,
While waking saints rejoice.
80 may I then with joy appear
Before the judge's face;
And with the bless'd assembly there
Sing his redeeming grace!
4. Praise for Mercies spiritzual and
IWIHENE'ER I take my walks abroad,
How many poor I see;
What shall I render to my GOD
For all his gifts to me ?
2Not more than others I deserve,
Yet GOD hath given me more;
For I have food while others starve,
Or beg from door to door.
3 How many children in the street
Half naked I behold;
While I am cloth'd from head to feet,
And cover'd from the cold!
4While some poor wretches scarce can
Where they may lay their head;
I have a home wherein to dwell,
And rest upon my bed.
5While others early learn to swear,
And curse, and lie, and steal;
LORD, I am taught thy name to fear,
And do thy holy will.
6Are these thy favours day by day,
To me above the rest ?
Then let me love thee more than they,
And try to serve thee best.
5. Praise for Birth and Eduncation in a
I GREAT GOD, to thee my voice I raise,
To thee my youngest hours belong:
I would begin my life with praise,
Till growing years improve the song.
2'Tis to thy sov'reign grace I owe,
That I was born on British ground;
Where streams of heavenly mercy flow,
And words of sweet salvation sound.
31 would not change my native land,
For rich Peru, with all her gold:
A nobler prize lies in my hand,
Than east or western Indies hold.
4How do I pity those that dwell
Where ignorance and darkness reigns!
They know no Heaven, they fear no
Those endlessjoys, thoseendlesspains.
5Thy glorious promises, O LORD,
Kindle my hopes and my desire;
While all the preachers of thy word
Warn me to escape eternal fire.
6Thypraise shall still employ my breath,
Since thou hast mark'd my way to
Nor will I run the road to death,
Andwaste the blessings thou hast giv'n.
6. Praisefor the Gospel.
I LORD, I ascribe it to thy grace,
And not to chance, as others do,
That I was born of Christian race,
And not a Heathen or a Jew.
2 What would the ancient Jewish kings,
And Jewish prophets once have given,
Could they have heard those glorious
Which Christ revealed and brought
3How glad the heathens would have
Thatworshipp'd idols, wood and stone,
If they the book of GOD had seen,
Or Jesus and his Gospel known!
4Then if this Gospel I refuse,
How shall I e'er lift up mine eyes?
For all the Gentiles and the Jews,
Against me will in judgment rise.
7. The Excellency of the Bible.
IGREAT GOD, with wonder and with
On all thy works I look;
But still thy wisdom, power, and grace,
Shine brightest in thy book.
2 The stars that in their courses roll,
Have much instruction given;
But thy good word informs my soul
How I may climb to Heaven.
3The fields provide me food, and show
The goodness of the LORD;
But fruits of life and glory grow
In thy most holy word.
4Here are my choicest treasures hid;
Here my best comfort lies;
Here my desires are satisfied,
And hence my hopes arise.
5 LORD, make me understand thy law;
Show what my faults have been;
And from thy Gospel let me draw
Pardon for all my sin.
6Herewould I learn how Christhasdied,
To save my soul from Hell
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Not all the books on earth beside,
Such heavenly wonders tell.
7Then let me love my Bible more,
And take a fresh delight,
By day to read these wonders o'er,
And meditate by night.
8. Praise to Godfor learning to read.
I THE praises of my tongue
I offer to the LORD,
That I was taught, and learnt so young,
To read his holy word.
2That I am brought to know,
The danger I was in;
By nature and by practice too,
A wretched slave to sin.
3That I am led to see
I can do nothing well;
And whither shall a sinner flee
To save himself from Hell ?
4Dear LORD, this Book of thine
Informs me where to go,
For grace to pardon all my sin,
And make me holy too.
5Here I can read and learn,
How Christ the Son of GOD,
Did undertake our great concern;
Our ransom cost his blood.
6And now he reigns above,
He sends his Spirit down,
To show the wonders of his love,
And make his Gospel known.
70 may that Spirit teach,
And make my heart receive,
Those truths which all thy servants
And all thy saints believe '
8Then shall I praise the LORD,
In a more cheerful strain,
That I was taught to read his word,
And have not learnt in vain.
9. The All-seeing God.
I ALMIGHTY GOD, thy piercing eye
Strikes through the shades of night;
And our most secret actions lie
All open to thy sight.
2There's not a sin that we commit,
Nor wicked word we say,
But in thy dreadful book 'tis writ,
Against the judgment day.
3And must the crimes that I have done
Be read and published there;
Be all expos'd before the sun,
While men and angels hear?
4 LORD, at thy foot asham'd I lie;
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 man I now for ever fear
To indulge a sinful thought;
Since the great GOD can see and hear,
And writes down ev'ry fault!
10. Solemn thoughts on God and Dealh.
i THERE is a GOD that reigns above,
LORD of the heavens, and earth, and seas
I fear his wrath, I ask his love,
And with my lips I sing his praise.
2There is a law which he has writ,
To teach us all what we must do;
My soul, to his commands submit,
For they are holy, just, and true.
3There is a Gospel of rich grace,
Whence sinners all their comfortsdraw:
LORD, I repent, and seek thy face,
For I have often broke thy law.
4There is an hour when I must die,
Nor do I know how soon 'twill come;
A thousand children, young as I,
Are called by death to hear their doom.
5 Let me improve the hours I have,
Before the day of grace is fled:
There's no repentance in the grave,
Nor pardons offered to the dead.
6Just as the tree, cut down, that fell
To north or southward, there it lies;
So man departs to Heaven or Hell,
Fix'd in the state wherein he dies.
11. Heaven and Hell.
ITIHERE is beyond the sky
A heav'n of joy and love;
And holy children, when they die,
Go to that world above.
2There is a dreadful Hell,
And everlasting pains:
There sinners must with devils dwell
In darkness, fire, and chains.
3Can such a wretch as I
Escape this cursed end?
And may I hope, whene'er I die,
I shall to Heaven ascend?
4Then will I read and pray,
While I have life and breath;
Lest I should be cut off to-day,
And sent to eternal death.
12. The Advantagoes of early Reliion.
I HAPPY the child whose youngest years
Receive instructions well:
Who hates the sinner's path, and fears
The road that leads to Hell.
HAPPY THE CHILD WHOSE YOUNGEST
YEARS RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS a
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2When we devote our you th to GOD,
'Tis pleasing in his eyes.
A flower, when offered in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice.
3'Tis easier work, if we begin
To fear the LORD betimes:
While sinners that grow old in sin,
Are harden'd in their crimes.
4'Twill save us from a thousand snares,
To mind religion young;
Grace will preserve our followingyears,
And make our virtue strong.
5To thee, Almighty GOD, to thee,
Our childhood we resign;
'Twill please us to look back, and see,
That our whole lives were thine.
6 Let the sweet work of prayer and praise
Employ my youngest breath;
Thus I'm prepared for longer days,
Or fit for early death.
13. The Danger of Delay.
I WHY should I say, "'Tis yet too soon
To seek for heaven, orthink of death?"
A flower may fade before 'tis noon,
And I this day may lose my breath.
2 If this rebellious heart of mine
Despise the gracious calls of Heaven,
I may be harden'd in my sin,
And never have repentance given.
3Whatifthe LoRDgrowwrath,and swear,
While I refuse to read and pray,
That he'll refuse to lend an ear
To all my groans another day!
4What if his dreadful anger burn,
While I refuse his offered grace,
And all his love to fury turn,
And strike me dead upon the place!
5'Tis dangerous to provoke a GOD!
H is powerand vengeance none can tell;
One stroke of his almighty rod
Shall send young sinnersquick to Hell.
6Then 'twill for ever be in vain,
To cry for pardon and for grace;
To wish I had my time again,
Or hope to see my M. ikl-r's face.
14. Examples of early Piely.
I WHAT bless'd examples do I find
Writ in the word of truth,
Of children that began to mind
Religion in their youth!
2JESUS who reigns above the sky,
And keeps the world in awe,
Was once a child as young as I,
And kept his Father's law.
3At twelveyears old he talked with men,
(The Jews all wondering stand,)
Yet he obeyed his mother then,
And came at her command.
4Children a sweet hosanna sung,
And bless'd their Saviour's name;
While Scribes and Priests blaspheme.
5SAMUEL, the child, was wean'd and
To wait upon the LORD;
Young TIMOTHY betimes was taught
To know his holy word.
6Then why should I so long delay,
What others learnt so soon?
I would not pass another day,
Without this work begun.
15. Against Lying.
TO 'TIS a lovely thing for youth,
To walk betimes in wisdom's way,
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say.
2 But liars we can never trust, [true;
Tho'theyshould speak the thing that's
And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
How GOD abhors deceit and wrong?
How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue?
4So 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.
5The LORD delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but ev'ry liar
Must have his portion in the lake
Thatburnswith brimstone andwith fire.
6Then let me always watch my lips,
Lest I be struck to death and Hell,
Since GOD a book of reck'ning keeps,
For ev'ry lie that children tell.
16. Agailns Quarrlling and Fzh/zting.
I LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
For GOD hath made them so;
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature too.
2 But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise;
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other's eyes.
3 Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild;
Live like the blessed virgin's Son,
That sweet and lovely child.
4 His soul was gentle as a lamb;
And, as his stature grew,
He grew in favour both with man,
And GOD, his Father, too.
5Now, LORD of all, he reigns above,
And from his heavenly throne
BUT CHILDREN YOU SHOULD
NEVER LET SUCH ANGRY
He sees what children dwell in love,
And marks them for his own.
17. Love between Brothers and Sisters.
I WHATEVER brawls disturb the street,
There should be peace at home;
Where sisters dwell, and brothers meet,
Quarrels should never come.
2 Birds in their little nests agree;
And 'tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.
3 Hard names at first, and threatening
They are but noisy breath, [words,
May grow to clubs and naked swords,
To murder and to death.
4The devil tempts one mother's son,
To rage against another;
So wicked Cain was hurried on
'Till he had kill'd his brother.
5The wise will let their anger cool,
At least before 'tis night;
But in the bosom of a fool,
It burns till morning light.
6Pardon, O LORD, our childish rage,
Our little brawls remove;
That, as we grow of riper age,
Our hearts may all be love.
18. Against ScoffngandcallingNames.
I OUR tongues were made to bless the
And not speak ill of men;
When others give a railing word,
We must not rail again.
2 Cross words and angry names require
To be chastis'd at school;
And he's in danger of Hell-fire
That calls his brother fool.
3 But lips that dare be so profane,
To mock and jeer and scoff,
At holy things, or holy men,
The Lord shall cut them off.
4When children in their wanton play.
Serv'd old Elisha so;
And bid the prophet go his way,
"Go up, thou bald-head go:"
5GOD quickly stopt their wicked breath,
And sent two raging bears,
That tore themlimb from limb to death,
With blood, and groans, and tears.
6Great GOD, how terrible art thou,
To sinners e'er so young!
Grant me thy grace, and teach me how
To tame and rule my tongue.
19. Against Swearing, Cursing, and
taking God's Name in vain.
IANGELS, that high in glory dwell,
Adore thy name, Almighty GOD!
And devils tremble down in Hell,
Beneath the terrors of thy rod.
2And yet, how wicked children dare
Abuse thy dreadful glorious name;
And, when they're angry, how they
And curse their fellows, and blaspheme.
3 How will they stand before thy face,
Who treated thee with such disdain,
Whilethoushaltdoomthem tothe place
Of everlasting fire and pain?
4Then never shall one cooling drop,
To quench their burning tongues be
But I will praise thee here, and hope
Thus to employ my tongue in Heaven.
5My heart shall be in pain to hear
Wretches affront the LORD above;
'Tis that great GoDwhose pow'r I fear,
That heav'nly Father whom I love.
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6If my companions grow profane,
I'll leave their friendship when I hear
Young sinners take thy name in vain,
And learn to curse and learn to swear.
20. Against Idleness and, ., :.'f.
i How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour;
And gather honey all the day,
From ev'ry opening flow'r.
2 How skilfully she builds her cell,
How neat she spreads the wax;
And labours hard to store it well,
With the sweet food she makes.
3 In works of labour, or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For Satan finds some mischief still,
For idle hands to do.
4In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be past;
That I may give for ev'ry day
Some good account at last.
21. .Against Evil CoGmpany.
I WHY should I join with those in play,
In whom I've no delight;
Who curse and swear, but never pray;
Who call ill names and fight?
21 hate to hear a wanton song,
Their words offend mine ears;
I should not dare defile my tongue
With language such as theirs.
3Away from fools I'll turn mine eyes;
Nor with the scoffers go:
I would be walking with the wise,
That wiser I may grow.
4From one rude boythat'sus'd to mock,
They learn the wicked jest:
One sickly sheep infects the flock,
And poisons all the rest.
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TO SHOW OUR CLOTHES AND CAL
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PoofR SHEEP AND SILKw\oRMAWORRE
THAT VERY CLOTHING LONG BEFORE.
5My GOD, I hate to walk or dwell
With sinful children here:
Then let me not be sent to Hell,
Where none but sinners are.
22. AgaZinst Pride in Clo/hcs.
I WHY should ourgarments, madetohide
Our parents' shame, provoke ourpride?
The art of dress did ne'er begin
Till Eve, our mother learnt to sin.
2When first she put the covering on,
Her robe of innocence was gone;
And yet her children vainly boast
In the sad marks of glory lost.
3 How proud we are, how fond to shew
Our clothes, and call them rich and new!
When the poor sheep and silk-worm
That very clothing long before.
4The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer clothes than I:
Let me be drest fine as I will, [still.
Flies, worms, and flowers, exceed me
5 Then will I set my heart to find,
Inward adornings of the mind;
Knowledge and virtue, truth and grace;
These are the robes of richest dress.
6 No more shall worms with me compare;
This is the raiment angels wear;
The son of GOD, when here below,
Put on this blest apparel too.
7 It never fades, it ne'er grows old,
Nor fearstherain, normoth, normould:
It takes no spot, but still refines;
The more 'tis worn, the more it shines.
8In this on earth would I appear,
Then go to Heaven, and wear it there:
GOD will approve it in his sight,
'Tis his own work, and his delight.
23. Obedience to Parents.
I LET children that would fear the LORD,
Hear what their teachers say;
With reverence meet their parents'
And with delight obey.
2Have you not heard what dreadful
Are threatened by the LORD,
To him that breaks his father's law,
Or mocks his mother's word?
3What heavy guilt upon him lies!
How cursed is his name!
The ravens shall pick out his eyes,
And eagles eat the same.
4But those who worship GOD, and give
Their parents honour due,
Here on this earth they long shall live,
And live hereafter too.
24. 7Te Child's Complaint.
I WHY should I love my sport so well,
So constant at my play,
.And lose the thoughts of Heaven and
And then forget to pray?
2What do I read my Bible for,
But, LORD, to learn thy will?
And shall I daily know thee more,
And less obey thee still?
3 How senseless is my heart, and wild!
How vain are all my thoughts!
Pity the weakness of a child,
And pardon all my faults.
4Make me thy heavenly voice to hear,
And let me love to pray;
Since GOD will lend a gracious ear,
To what a child can say.
25.. A MorLning Song. "
i My GOD, who makes the sun to know
His proper hour to rise,
And to give light to all below,
Doth send him round the skies!
2When from the chambers of the east
His morning race begins,
He never tires, nor stops to rest;
But round the world he shines.
3So, like the sun, would I fulfil
The business of the day;
Begin my work betimes, and still
March on my heavenly way.
4Give me, O LORD, thy early grace,
Nor let my soul complain,
That the young morning of my days
Has all been spent in vain!
26. An Evening Song.
r AND now another day is gone,
I'll sing my maker's praise:
My comforts every hour make known,
His providence and grace.
2 But how my childhood runs to waste!
My sins, how great their sum!
LORD, give me pardon for the past,
And strength for days to come.
31 lay my body down to sleep,
Let angels guard my head:
And, through the hours of darkness
Their watch around my bed.
4With cheerful heart I close mine eyes,
Since thou wilt not remove;
And in the morning, let me rise
Rejoicing in thy love.
I LAY MY BODY DOWN TO SLEFPF _
LET ANGELS GUARD My HE-i',
AND THROUGH THIE HOURS OFL-
PARKNESS KEE-P THEIR, WATCH ,,A -
AROUND MY BED s _--
27. For the Lord's Day Morning.
ITHIS is the day when Christ arose,
So early from the dead;
Why should I keep my eye lids clos'd
And waste my hours in bed?
2This is the day when Jesus broke,
The power of death and hell;
And shall I still wear Satan's yoke,
And love my sins so well?
3To-day with pleasure Christians meet,
To pray, and hear the word:
And I would go with cheerful feet
To learn thy will, O LORD.
4I'11 leave my sport to read and pray,
And so prepare for Heaven;
O may I love this blessed day,
The best of all the seven!
28. For the Lord's Day Evenirg.
I LORD, how delightful'tis to see
A whole assembly worship thee!
SAt once they sing, at once they pray;
They hear of heaven and learn theway.
21 have been there, and still would go;
'Tis like a little Heaven below:
Not all my pleasure and my play
Shall tempt me to forget this day.
30 write upon my memory, LORD,
The texts and doctrines of thy word;
That I may break thy laws no more,
But love thee better than before.
4With thoughts of Christ, and things
Fill up this foolish heart of mine?
That, hoping pardon through his blood,
I may lie down and wake with GoD.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
EXODUS, CHAP. XX.
I.THou shalt have no more GODS but
2. Before no idol bow thy knee.
3.Take not the name of GOD in vain;
4. Nor dare the Sabbath-day profane.
5. Give both thy parents honour due.
6. Take heed that thou no murder do.
7.Abstain from words and deeds un-
8. Nor steal, though thou art poor and
9. Nor make a wilful lie, nor love it.
Io.What is thy neighbour's dare not
THE SUM OF THE COMMANDMENTS.
MVATT. XXII. 37.
WITH all thy soul love GOD above,
And as thyself, thy neighbour love.
OUR SAVIOUR'S GOLDEN RULE.
MATT. VII. 12.
Be you to others kind and true,
As you'd have others be to you;
And neither do nor say to men,
Whate'er you would not take again.
DUTY TO GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOUR.
I LOVE GOD with all your soul and
With all your heart and mind;
And love your neighbour as yourself;
Be faithful, just, and kind.
2 Deal with another as you'd have
Another deal with you;
What you're unwilling to receive,
Be sure you never do.
THE HOSANNA, OR SALVATION ASCRIBED
TO CHRIST. L. M.
I HOSANNA to King David's Son,
Who reigns on a superior throne;
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AND TEACH THE. EDAE'-S
We bless the prince of heavenly birth,
Who brings salvation down to earth.
2 Let every nation every age,
In this delightful work engage;
Old men and babes in Sion sing
The growing glories of her King.
I HOSANNA to the Prince of grace;
Sion, behold thy king!
Proclaim the Son of David's race,
And teach the babes to sing.
2 Hosanna to the eternal Word,
Who from the Father came;
Ascribe salvation to the LORD,
With blessings on his name.
i HOSANNA to the Son
Of David and of GOD,
Who brought the news of pardon down,
And bought it with his blood.
2To Christ, the anointed King,
Be endless blessings given;
Let the whole earth his glory sing,
Who made our peace with Heaven.
GLORY TO THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND
THE HOLY SPIRIT. L. M.
To GOD the Father, GOD the Son,
And GOD the Spirit, Three in One,
Be honour, praise, and glory given,
By all on earth and all in Heaven.
Now let the Father, and the Son,
And Spirit be ador'd,
Where there are works to make him
Or saints to love the LORD. [known,
GIVE to the Father praise,
Give glory to the Son;
And to the Spirit of his grace
Be equal honour done.
T1I THE VOICE OF THE SLUGGARD I HEARD
HIM COMPLAIN YOU HAVE WAK'D /AE~-
TOO SOON I MUST LUMBER --- -
AGAIN AS THE DOOR ON ITS HINGES
SO HE ON HIS BED TURNS HIS SIDESP--
AND HIS SHOULDERS & HIS HEAVY HEAD
1. The Sluggard.
I'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard
"You have wak'd me too soon, I must
As the door on its hinges, so he on his
Turns his sides, and his shoulders, and
his heavy head.
2"Alittle more sleep and a little more
Thus he wastes half his days, and his
hours without number;
And when he gets up he sits folding
Or walks about sauntering, or trifling
31 pass'd byhis garden, and sawthewild
The thorn and the thistle grow broader
The clothes that hang on him are turn-
ing to rags;
And his moneystillwastes, till he starves
or he begs.
41 made him a visit, still hoping to find
That he took better care for improving
He told me his dreams, talk'd of eating
But he scarce reads his Bible, and never
5Said I then to my heart, Here's a les-
son for me;
This man's but a picture of what I
But thanks to my friends for their care
in my breeding,
Who taught me betimes to love work-
ing and reading."
2. InlocenM/ Play.
IABROAD in the meadows to see the
Run sporting about by the side of their
With fleeces so clean and so white:
Oranest of young doves in large open
When they play all in love, without
anger or rage;
2 If we had been ducks, we might dabble
Or dogs, we might play till it ended in
So foul and so fierce are their natures:
But Thomas and William, and such
Should be cleanlyand harmless as doves
or as lambs,
Those lovely sweet innocent creatures.
3 Not a thing that we do, not a word that
Should injureanotherin jestingorplay:
For he's still in earnest that's hurt:
How rude are the boys that throwpeb-
bles and mire!
There's none but a madman will fling
And tell you, "'Tis all but in sport."
3. The Rose.
I How fair is the Rose! what a beautiful
The glory of April and May;
But the leaves are beginning to fade in
And they wither and die in a day.
2Yet the Rose has one powerful virtue
Above all the flowers of the field;
When its leaves are all dead, and fine
colours are lost,
Still how sweet a perfume it will yield.
3So frail is the youth and the beauty of
Tho' they bloom and look gay like the
But all our fond care to preserve them
Time kills them as fast as he goes.
4Then I'll not be proud of my youth or
Since both of them wither and fade;
But gain a good name bywell doingmy
That will scent like a Rose when I'm
4. The Thief.
I IWHY should I deprive my neighbour
Of his goods against his will?
Hands were made for honest labour,
Not to plunder or to steal.
2'Tis a foolish self-deceiving,
By such tricks to hope for gain;
All that's ever got by thieving,
Turns to sorrow, shame, and pain.
3 Have not Eve and Adam taught us
Their sad profit to compute?
To what dismal state they brought us,
When they stole forbidden fruit.
40ft we see a young beginner
Practice little pilf'ring ways,
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Till grown up a harden'd sinner:
Then the gallows ends his days.
5Theft will not be always hidden,
Though we fancy none can spy;
When we take a thing forbidden,
GOD beholds it with his eye.
6Guard my heart, O GOD of Heaven,
Lest I covet what's not mine :
Lest I steal what is not given,
Guard my heart and hands from sin.
5. The Ant, or Enmet.
ITHESE Emmets, how little they are in
We tread them to dust, and a troop of
Without our regard or concern:
Yet as wise as we are, if we went to
There's many a sluggard and many a
Some lessons of wisdom might learn.
2Theydon't wear theirtimeout in sleep-
ing or play,
But gather up corn in a sun-shiny day,
And forwinter they layup their stores:
They manage theirwork in such regular
One would think they foresaw all the
frosts and the storms,
And so broughttheirfoodwithindoors.
3 But I have less sense than a poor creep-
If I take not due care for the things :
Nor provide against dangers in time:
When death or old age shall once stare
in my face,
What a wretch shall I be in the end of
If I trifle away all their prime.
4Now, now, while my strength and my
youth are in bloom,
Let me think what will serve me when
sickness shall come,
And pray that my sins be forgiven:
Letmereadingood books, and believe,
That, when death turns me out of this
cottage of clay,
I may dwell in a palace in Heaven.
6. Good Resolutions.
ITHOUGH I'm now in younger days,
Nor can tell what shall befal me,
I'll prepare for every place,
Where my growing age shall call me.
2Should I e'er be rich or great,
Others shall partake my goodness;
I'll supply the poor with meat,
Never shewing scorn nor rudeness.
3Where I see the blind or lame,
Deaf or dumb, I'll kindly treat them;
I deserve to feel the same,
If I mock, or hurt, or cheat them.
4If I meet with railing tongues,
Why should I return them railing?
Since I best revenge my wrongs,
By my patience never failing.
5When I hear them telling lies,
Talking foolish, cursing, swearing;
First I'll try to make them wise,
Or I'll soon go out of hearing.
6What though I be low and mean,
I'll engage the rich to love me;
While I'm modest, neat, and clean,
And submit when they reprove me.
7 If I should be poor and sick,
I shall meet, I hope, with pity;
Since I love to help the weak,
Though they're neither fair nor witty.
8 I'll not willingly offend,
Nor be easily offended;
What's amiss I'll strive to mend,
And endure what can't be mended.
9May I be so watchful still
O'er my humours and my passion,
As to speak and do no ill,
Though it should be all the fashion.
IoWicked fashions lead to Hell:
Ne'er may I be found complying:
But in life behave so well,
Not to be afraid of dying.
7. A Summer Evening.
I Howfinehasthedaybeen! Howbright
was the sun!
How lovely and joyful the course that
Though he rose in a mistwhen his race
And there followed some droppings of
But now the fair traveller's come to the
His rays are all gold, and his beauties
He paints the skygayas he sinks to his
And foretels a bright rising again.
2Just such is the Christian: his course
Like the sun in a mist, while he mourns
for his sins,
And melts into tears; then he breaks
out and shines,
And travels his heavenly way;
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But when he comes nearer to finish his
Like a fine setting sun he looks richer
And gives a sure hope, at the endof his
Of rising in brighter array.
8. A Cradle Hymn.
I HUSH! my dear, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed;
Heavenly blessings, without number,
Gently falling on thy head.
2Sleep, my babe; thy food and raiment,
House and home, thy friends provide,
All without thy care or payment,
All thy wants are well supply'd.
3 How much better thou'rt attended
Than the Son of GOD could be,
When from heaven he descended,
And became a child like thee.
4Soft and easy is thy cradle;
Coarse and hard thy Saviour lay;
When his birthplace was a stable,
And his softest bed was hay.
5 Blessed babe! what glorious features,
Spotless fair, divinely bright!
Must he dwell with brutal creatures?
How could angels bear the sight?
6Was there nothing but a manger
Cursed sinners could afford,
To receive the heav'nly stranger?
Did they thus affront their LORD?
7Soft, my child; I did not chide thee,
Though mysongmightsound too hard;
'Tis thy mother sits beside thee,
And her arm shall be thy guard.
8Yet to read the shameful story,
How the Jews abus'd their King,
How they served the LORD of glory,
Makes me angry while I sing.
9See the kinder shepherds round him,
Telling wonders from the sky;
Where they sought him, there they
With his virgin mother by.
SoSee the lovely babe a-dressing;
Lovely infant, how he smil'd?
When he wept, the mother's blessing
Sooth'd and hush'd the holy child.
S1 Lo, he slumbers in the manger,
Where the horned oxen fed;
Peace, my darling, here's no danger,
Here's no ox a-near thy bed.
12'Twas to save thee, child, from dying,
Save my dear from burning flame,
Bitter groans, and endless crying,
That thy blest Redeemer came.
13May'st thou live to knowandfear him
Trust and love him all thy days;
Then go dwell for ever near him,
See his face, and sing his praise!
141 could give thee thousand kisses,
Hoping what I most desire;
Not a mother's fondest wishes,
Can to greater joys aspire!
A General Song of Praise to God. 5
Praise for Creation and Providence 6
Praise to God for our Redemption 8
Praise for Mercies spiritual and temporal 9
Praisefor Birth and Education ina (.'. ;.::,:
Praise for the Gospel. 12
The Excellency of the Bible. 13
Praise to God for learning to read 15
The All-seeing God 17
Solemn thoughts on God and Death 18
Heaven and Hell 19
The Advantages of EarlyRelgion 20
The Danger f Delay. 22
Examples of Early Piety 23
Against Quarrellingand Fighting 26
Love between Brothers and Sisters 27
Against Scoffing and calling Names 28
Against Swearing, Cursing and taking God's
Name in vain 29
Against Idleness and Mischief 3
Against Evil Company 32
Against Pride in Clothes 33
Obedience to Parents .
The Child's Complaint
A Morning Song
An Evening Song
A Hymnfor the Lord's Day l.,A *.v:'. .
A Hymn for the Lord's Day Evening
The Ten Commandments
The sum of the Commandments
Our Saviour's Golden Rule
Duty to God and our Neighbour
The Hosanna, in Long Meire
Common Metf .
Glory to the father. &c. in Long Metr e.
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The Rose .
The Ant, or E mmet
A Summer Evening
A Cradle Hymn
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