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Luke il. 46–51. C. M. HEBER. 10

WISDOM, whose unfading power

Before the Eternal stood;
To frame in nature's earliest hour

The land, the sky, the flood.
2 Yet didst Thou not disdain awhile

An infant form to wear,
To bless Thy mother with a smile,

And lisp Thy faltering prayer. 3 But in Thy Father's own abode,

With Israel's elders round, Conversing high with Israel's God,

Thy chiefest joy was found.
4 So may our youth adore Thy name;

And, Saviour, deign to bless,
With fostering grace, the timid flame

Of early holiness.

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2 Tim. iii. 14, 15. S. M. WATTS. 1

I offer to the Lord, That I was taught and learned 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 O 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 learned in vain.

869 Prov. viil. 32–36. C. M.

HAReceive instruction well ;

WATTS APPY the child whose youngest years

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Who hates the sinner's path, and fears

The road that leads to hell. 2 When we devote our youth to God,

'Tis pleasing in His eyes : A flower, when offered in the bud,

Is no vain sacrifice.
3 "Twill save us from a thousand snares,

To mind religion young;
Grace will preserve our following years,

And make our virtue strong.
4 To 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.

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Psalm c. 4.

L. M.

WATTS.

A whole assembly worship Thee :
At once they sing, at once they pray;

They hear of heaven, and learn the way. 2 I have been there, and still would go ;

'Tis like a little heaven below:
Nor cares nor pleasures in the way

Shall tempt me to forget this day. 3 O 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.

4 With thoughts of Christ, and things divine,

Fill up this foolish heart of mine;
That, having pardon through His blood,
I may lie down, and wake with God.

871 Mark xvi. 2–6.

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C. M. WATTS. 1

is the day when Christ arose So early from the dead; Why should I keep my eye-lids closed,

And waste my hours in bed ? 2 This is the day when Jesus broke The powers of death and hell;

shall I still wear Satan's yoke,
And love my sins so well ?
3 To-day with pleasure Christians meet,

To pray and hear Thy word;
And I would go with cheerful feet,

To learn Thy will, O Lord.
4 Help me to hear, to praise, to pray,

And so prepare for heaven;
O may I love this blessed day,

The best of all the seven !

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Matt. xxi. 15. L. M. T. R. TAYLOR 1

The Saviour's praise with sacred glee, And all the hills of Judah rang

With their exulting jubilee. 2 Oh! to have joined their rapturous songs,

And swelled their sweet hosannas high,
And bless'd Him with our feeble tongues,

As He-the Man of Grief-went by ! 3 But Christ is now a glorious King,

And angels in His presence bow:
The humble songs that we can sing,
Oh! will He, can He, hear them now?

4 He can, He will, He loves to hear

The notes which babes and sucklings raise ;
Jesus, we come with trembling fear;
Oh! teach our hearts and tongues Thy

praise.
5 We join the hosts around Thy throne,

Who once, like us, the desert trod;
And thus we make their song our own
“Hosanna to the Son of God I"

873 Matt. xxi. 9. L. M. MONTGOMERY. 1 W ?

THAT are those soul-reviving strains,

What anthems loud and louder still,

Sweetly resound from Zion's hill ? 2 Lo! 'tis an infant chorus sings,

Hosanna to the King of kings.
The Saviour comes, and babes proclaim

Salvation, sent in Jesus' name.
3 Nor these alone their voice shall raise,

For we will join this song of praise.
Still Israel's children forward press,

To hail the Lord their Righteousness. 4 Messiah's name shall joy impart

Alike to Jew and Gentile heart.
He bled for us, Ho bled for you,

And we will sing hosanna too.
5 Proclaim hosannas loud and clear ;

See David's Son and Lord appear:
Glory and praise on earth be given ;
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

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Luke xviii. 15–17. P. M. THINK, when I read that sweet story

of old, When Jesus was here among men,

How He called little children, as lambs to

His fold,
I should like to have been with Him then.
I wish that His hands had been placed on

my head, That His arm had been thrown around me, And that I might have seen His kind look

when He said,
“Let the little ones come unto me."

2 Yet still to His footstool in prayer I may go,

And ask for a share in His love;
And if I thus earnestly seek Him below,
I shall see Him and hear Him above,
In that beautiful place He has gone to

prepare For all who are washed and forgiven; And many dear children are gathering

there, “For of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

3 But thousands and thousands who wander

and fall, Never heard of that heavenly home; I should like them to know there is room

for them all, And that Jesus has bid them to come. I long for that blessed and glorious time, The fairest, and brightest, and best, When the dear little children of every clime Shall crowd to His arms and be bless'd.

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Pacing life's short journey through, Now have reached that heavenly seat They had ever kept in view ?

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