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HELPLESSNESS OF INFANCY,
Safe sleeping on its mother's breast
The smiling babe appears ; Now sweetly sinking into rest,
Now wash'd in sudden tears : Hush, hush, my little baby dear, There's nobody to hurt you here.
Without the mother's tender care
The little thing must die;
One service to apply,–
The lamh sports gaily on the grass,
When scarcely born a day;
Trots frolicking away :
Full many a Summer's sun must glow,
And lighten up the skies,
To any thing of size:
Then surely when each little limb
Shall grow to healthy size,
For toil and enterprize-
never should forget.
THE CHILD'S PRAYER.
Be with me, Lord ! where'er I go;
Prevent me lest. I harbour pride,
Enricb me always with thy love;
Assist and teach me how to pray,
SOME little children young in years
Their bless'd Redeemer know, And when they're naughty, precious tears
For having grieved him flow.
Then tenderness and heavenly love
With peace rest in their mind, And all their little ways do prove
That God's love makes them kind,
And often when they sit alone
His spirit makes them pray ; The shepherd's voice to them is known,
They hear it and obey.
And in the darkness of the night,
Whilst on their beds they lie,
Are open to his eye.
And sometimes tears of heav'nly joy
Upon their face are seen :
That flow where God has been.
And not unheeded do they flow,
And humble tears, the Lord doth know,
He bears their plaintive cry, Father of all ! he soothes their woe,
And is for ever nigh.
EARLY TRUST IN GOD.
Now that my journey's just begun,
My course so little trod, I'll stay before I further run,
And give myself to God.
And lest I should be ever led
Through sinful paths to stray,
In wisdom's pleasant way.
I cannot now foretell;
I know that all is well.
And leave me mourning here,
Oh what have I to fear?
If I rich, he'll guard my eart,
Temptation to withstand, And make me willing to impart
The bounties of his hand,
If I am poor be can supply
Who has my table spread
And fills his poor with bread.
THANKSGIVING FOR REST.
My Father, I thank thee for sleep,
For quiet and peaceable rest;
An infant from being distrest:
My voice would be lisping thy praise,
My heart would repay thee with love ;
And fit me to see thee above :-
As long as thou seest it right
That here upon earth I should stay,
And help me to serve thee by day;