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964. The Excellency of the Bible demonstrated. $ 66. Solemn Thoughts concerning God and Death. Watts.
WATTS, GREAT God, with wonder and with praise TH
HERE is a God that reigns above, On all thy works I look;
Lord of the heav'ns, and carth, and seas : But still thy wisdom, pow'r, and grace,
I fear his wrath, I ask his love, Shine brightest in thy book.
And with my lips I ling his praise. The stars, that in their courses roll,
There is a law which he has writ, Have much infiruction given;
To teach us all what we must do: But thy good word informs my soul
My foul, to his commands submit, How I may climb to heaven.
For they are holy, just, and true. The fields provide me food, and thew
There is a gospel of rich grace, The goodness of the Lord;
Whence sinners all their conforts draw: But fruits of life and glory grow
Lord, I repent, and seek thy face, In thy most holy word.
For I have often broke thy law. Here are my choicest treasures hid,
There is an hour when I must die, Here my best comfort lics :
Nor do I know how toon 'twill come; Here my defires are satisfied,
A thousand children, young as And hence my hopes arise.
Are call'd by death to hear their doom. Lord, make me understand thy law,
Let me improve the hours I have, Shew what my faults have been ;
Before the day of grace is fed : And from thy gospel let me draw
There's no repentance in the grave, Pardon for all my fin.
Nor pardons offer'd to the dead. Here would I learn how Christ has died Just as the tree, cut dowri, that fell To save my foul from hell:
To north or fouthward, there it lies; Not all the books on earth beside
So man departs to heav'n or hell,
Fix'd in the state wherein he dies.
§ 67. Heaven and Hell. WATTS.
THERE is beyond the sky
A heav'n of joy and love;
Go to that world above. 65. The All-Seçing God. WATTS. There is a dreadful hell,
And everlasting pains ; ALMIGHTY God, thy piercing eye There finners must with devils dwell, Strikes thro' the shades of night,
In darkness, fire, and chains. And our inost secret actions lie
Can such a wretch as I All open to thy sight.
Escape this cursed end ? There's not a sin that we commit,
And may I hope, whencer I die, Nor wicked word we say,
I shall to heav'n ascend ? But in thy dreadful book 'tis writ,
Then will I read and pray, Againit the judgment-day.
While I have life and breath; And must the crimes that I have done
Left I thould be cut off to-day,
And font to eternal dcath.
§ 68. The Advantages of early Religion. Watts.
HAPPY the child whose tender ycars
Receive instructions well; Pardon my sins before I die,
Who hates the finner's path, and fears And blot them fro:n thy book.
The road that Icads to hell. Remember all the dying pains
When we devote our youth to God, That my Redeemer felt;
'Tis pleasing in his eyes; And let his blood wash out my stains,
A flow'r, when offer'd in the bud, And antwer for my guilt.
Is no vain facrifice. O may I now for ever fear
'Tis easier work, if we begin T'indulge a sinful thought,
To fear the Lord betimes; Since the great God can see and hear,
While sinners that grow old in sin And writes down ev'ry fault.
Are harden'd in their crimes.
Twill save us from a thousand snares,
Then why should I so long delay To mind religion young;
What others learnt fo foon ? Grace will preserve our following years, I would not pass another day And make our virtuc ftrong.
Without this work begun. To thce, almighty God, to thee,
Our childhood we resign ; 'Twill pleale us to look back and see
$ 71. Again Lying. WATTS. That our whole lives were thine.
O 'Tis a lovely thing for youth
To walk betimes in wisdom's way;
To fcar a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trutt to all they fay.
But liars we can never trust,
And he that does one fault at first, § 69. The Danger of Delay. WATTS.
And lics to hide it, makes it two.
Thould I lay: “Tis yet too soon
Have we not known, nor heard, nor read,
How Ananias was (truck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue ?
So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in, and grew so bold
As to confirm that wicked lie And never have repentance given.
That just before her husband told.
The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but ev'ry liar
Must have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire.
Then let me always watch my lips,
Left I be struck to death and hell, And strike ine dead upon the place!
Since God a book of reck’ning keeps
For ev'ry lie that children tell.
$72. Against Quarrelling and Figbring. WATTS. Shall send young sinners quick to hell. LF
ET dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made thein so; Then 'twill for ever be in vain for pardon and for grace ;
Let bcars and lions growl and light,
For 'ris their nature too : To wish I had
time again, Or hope to see my Maker's face!
But, children, you should never let
Such angry patsions rise;
Your little hands were never made $ 70. Examples of Early Piety. WATTS.
To tear each other's eyes.
Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild; Religion in their youth!
Live like the blessed Virgin's Son,
That sweet and lovely Child.
His soul was gentle as a lamb:
And, as his stature grew, And kept his Father's law.
He grew in favour both with man
And God his Father too. At twelve years old he talk'd with men, (The Jews all wond’ring stand)
Now, Lord of all, he reigns above; Yet he obey'd his mother then,
And from his heav'nly throne
He sees what children dwell in love, And came at her coinmand.
And marks them for his own. Children a sweet hosanna sung,
And bless'd their Saviour's name! They gave him honour with their tongue,
§ 73. Love between Brothers and Sisters. While scribes and priests blaspheme.
WATTS. Samuel the child was wean'd and brought WHATEVER brawls disturb the street, To wait upon the Lord ;
There thould be peace at home; Young Timothy berlines was taught
Where Gifters dwell, and brothers meet; To know his holy word.
Quarrels should never come.
Birds ia their little nests agree;
How will they stand before thy face, And 'tis a shameful light,
Who treated thee with such disdain, When children of one family
While thou shalt doom them to the place Fall out, and chide, and fight !
Of everlasting fire and pain!
To quench their burning tongues be given. May grow to clubs and naked swords,
But I will praise thee here, and hope To murder and to death.
Thus to einploy my tongue in heaven. The devil tempeş one mother's fon
My heart shall be in pain to hear To rage against another;
Wretches affront the Lord above; So wicked Cain was hurried on
'Tis that great God whose pow'r I fear,' Till he had kill'd his brother.
That heav'nly Father whom I love. The wise will make their anger cool,
If my companions grow profane, At least before 'tis night;
I'll leave their friendship when I hear But in the borom of a fool
Young finners take thy name in vain, It burns till morning-light.
And learn to curse, and learn to fivear. Pardon, O Lord, our childish rage,
Our little brawls remove; That, as we grow to riper age,
§ 76. Against Idleness and Mischief. WATTS. Our hearts may all be love.
HOW doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From ev'ry op'ning How'r!
How skilfully she builds her cell !
How ncat she spreads the wax!
And labours hard to ftore it well We must not rail again.
With the sweet food she makes. Cross words and angry names require
In works of labour, or of skill,
I would he busy too; To be chastis'd at school;
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idlc hands to do.
In 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.
§ 77. Agains Evil Company. Watts. And bid the prophet go his
way, “Go up, thou bald-head, go ;'
WHY should I join with those in play
In whom I've no delight; God quickly stopp'd their wicked breath,
Who curse and swear, but never pray ;
Who call ill names, and fight i
I hate to hear a wanton song,
Their words offend mine ears
I should not dare defile my tongue
With language such as theirs.
Away from fools I'll turn minc
eyes, Nor with the scoffers go :
I would be walking with the wise, $75. Again Swearing and Curfing, and taking
That wiser I may grow.
From one rude boy that's us'd to mock,
They lcarn the wicked jest: And devils tremble, down in hell,
One fickly sheep infects the flock, Beneath the terrors of thy rod.
And poisons all the rest. And yet how wicked children dare
My God, I hate to walk or dwell Abusc thy dreadful glorious name!
With finful children here: And, when they're angry, how they swear, Then let me not be sent to hell, And curfe their fellows, and blaspheme !
Where nonc but finncrs arc.
§ 78. Against Pride in Clothes. Watts. What do I read my Bible for,
But, Lord, to learn thy will ?
And less obey thee ftill ?
How fenfeless is my heart, and wild!
How vain are all my thoughts ! When first she put the cov'ring cn,
Pity the weakness of a child, Her robe of innocence was gone;
And pardon all my faults. And yet
her children vainly boast Jo the fad marks of glory loft.
Make me thy heav'nly voice to hear,
And let me love to pray; How proud we are ! how fond to new
Since God will lend a gracious car
To what a child can fay.
§ 81. A Morning and Evening Song. Watts. The tulip and the butterfly
Y God, who makes the sun to know
His proper hour to rise, Then wili I set my heart to find
And to give light to all below,
Doth lend him round the skies!
When from the chambers of the east
His morning race begins, No more Mall worms with me compare ;
He never tires, nor stops to rest, This is the raiment angels wear' ;
But round the world hc shines; The Son of God, when here below,
So, like the sun, would I fulfil Put on this blest apparel too.
The bus'nefs of the day : It never fades, it ne'er grows old ;
Begin my work betimes, and still
March on my heav'nly way.
Give me, O Lord, thy early grace,
Nor let my soul complain In this on carth should I appear,
That the young morning of my days Then go to heav'n and wear it there,
Has all been spent in vain ! God will approve it in his light;
Evening Song 'Tis his own work, and his delight.
AND now another day is gone,
I'll sing my Maker's praite : § 79. Obedience to Parents. W'ATTS, My comforts ev'ry hour makc krown ET children that would fcar the Lord
His providence and grace, Hear what their teachers say ;
But how my childhood runs to waste! With rev'rence meet their parents word,
My sins, how great their sum! And with delight obey.
Lord, give me pardon for the past,
And strength for days to come.
I lay my body down to flecp;
Let angels guard my head, Or mocks his mother's word?
And through the hours of darkness keep
Their watch around my bed.
With cheerful heart I close my cyes,
Since thou wilt not remove; And eagles cat the same.
And in the morning let me rise,
Rejoicing in thy love.
§ 82. For the Lord's Day Morning. W'ai Tu. And live hereafter too.
THIS is the day when Christ arose
So early from the dead; § 8o. The Chill's Complaint. Watts.
Why should I keep my eye-lids clos d,
And waste my hours in bed?
This is the day when Jesus broke
The pow'r of death and hell; And then forge to pray?
And thall I will wear Satan's yoke,
And love my sins to well?
Tc-day with pleasure Christians mect, Deal with another as you'd have
Another deal with you;
What you're unwilling to reccive,
Be sure you never do.
§ 87. The Hosannab; or, Salvation ascribed 10 O may I love this blessed day
Chriji.--Long, Common, and Sbort Metre. The best of all the feren!
WATTS. $83. For the Lord's Day Evening. watts. HOSANNA to king David's Son,
Who reigns on a fuperior throne; LORD, how delightful 'tis to see
We bless the Prince of heav'nly birth, A whole assembly worship thee !
Who brings falvation down on carth. At once they fing, at once they pray ;
Let ev'ry nation, ev'ry age, They hear of heav'n, and learn the way.
In this delightful work engage; I have been there, and still would go ;
Old men and babes in Zion ling Tis like a little heav'n below:
The growing glories of her King! No all my pleasure and my play
HOSANNA to the Prince of Grace • Shall tempt me to forget this day.
Sion, behold thy King! O write upon my mem'ry, Lord,
Proclaim the Son of David's race, The texis and doctrines of thy word;
And teach thu babes to ling. That I may break thy laws no more,
Hosanna to th'eternal word, But love thee better than before.
Who from the Father caine; With thoughts of Christ and things divine Ascribe salvation to the Lord, Fill up this foolish heart of mine;
With bleflings on his name. That, hoping pardon thro' his blood,
HOSANNA to the Son I may lie down, and wake with God.
Of David and of God,
Who brought the news of pardon down,
Be endless bleilings given ;
Who inade our peace with heaven.
Before no idol bow thv knce. 3. Take not the name of God in vain,
§ 88. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, &c. 4. Nor dare the Sabbath-day profane.
Long, Common, and Short Metre. WATTS. 5. Give both thy parents honor due. 6. Take heed that thou no murder do.
God the Father, God the Son, 7. Abstain from words and deeds unclean;
And God the Spirit, three in one, 8. Xor fical, tho' thou art poor and mcan;
Be honor, praile, and glory given, 9. Nor make a wilful lic, nor love it.
By all on carth, and all in hcaren. 10. What is thy neighbour's dare not covet. NOW let the Father, and the Son, MATT. xxii. 37.
And Spirit be ador'd,
Where there are works to make him known, WITH all thy soul love God above;
Or faints to love the Lord. And as thyfeli thy ncighbour love.
GIVE to the Father praise,
Give glory to the Son;
Be equal honor done.
§ 89. The Sluggard. Watts.
'TIS the voice of a Nuggard--I heard lim complain,
“ You have wak'd me too soon, I must number $ 86. Duty to God and oz.r Neiglbour. Watts. As the door on its hinges, 10 he on his bed, [head. LOVE God with all your fou! and strength,
Turns his fides and his shoulders, and his heavy With all vour heart and mind;
“ A little more sleep and a little more Plumber;"' And love your ncighbour as yourtilf;
Thus he wastes half his days, and his hours Be faithful, just, and kind.