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'Twill fave us from a thousand fnares,
To mind religion young; Grace will preferve our following years, And make our virtue ftrong. To thee, Almighty God, to thee Our childhood we refign; *Twill pleafe us to look back and fee
That our whole lives were thine. Let the fweet work of pray'r and praise Employ my youngest breath; Thus I'm prepar'd for longer days, Or fit for early death.
$227. The Danger of Delay. WATTS.
WHY fhould I fay," "Tis yet too foon
"To feek for heav'n, or think of death?" A flow'r may fade before 'tis noon, And I this day may lofe my breath.
If this rebellious heart of mine
And never have repentance giv'n.
That he'll refufe to lend an ear
To all my groans another day!
What if his dreadful anger burn,
And strike me dead upon the place!
'Tis dangerous to provoke a God!
$228. Examples of Early Piety. WATTS. WHAT blefs'd examples do I find
Writ in the word of truth,
At twelve years old he talk'd with men
Children a fweet hofanna fung,
And bleft our Saviour's name!
Tho' they should fpeak the thing that's true! And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
Have we not known, nor heard, nor read,
When the came in and grew fo bold
That juft before her husband told. The Lord delights in them that speak The words of truth; but ev'ry liar Muft have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire. Then let me always watch my lips,
Left I be ftruck to death and hell, Since God a book of reck'ning keeps For ev'ry lie that children tell.
$230. Against Quarrelling and Fighting.
LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them fo; Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature too:
But, children, you should never let
To tear each other's eyes.
And, as his ftature grew,
WHATEVER brawls disturb the street,
Where fifters dwell, and brothers meet,
Birds in their little netts agree;
Fall out, and chide, and fight!
Hard names at first, and threat'ning words,
The devil tempts one mother's fon
Till he had kill'd his brother.
It burns till morning-light.
$232. Against Scoffing and calling Names. WATTS.
OUR tongues were made to bless the Lord,
When others give a railing word,
Grofs words and angry names require
The Lord thall cut them off.
And bid the prophet go his way,
"Go up, thou bald-head, go;"
To laners e'er to young!
Grant me thy grace, and teach me how
$233. Again, Stearing, and Curfing, and taking God's Name in vain. WATTS. ANGELS, that high in glory dwell,
Adore thy name, Almighty God! And devils tremble down in hell, Beneath the terrors of thy rod.
And yet how wicked children dare
How will they ftand before thy face,
Who treated thee with fuch difdain,
To quench their burning tongues be giv'nj
Wretches affront the Lord above
I'll leave their friend fhip when I hear
And learn to curfe, and learn to fwear.
§ 234. Against Idleness and Mischief. WATTI.
doth the little bufy bee
How neat fe fpreads the wax!
For Satan finds fome mifchief still
In books, or work, or healthful play,
$235. Against Evil Company. WATTS. WHY fhould I join with thofe in play
In whom I've no delight;
I hate to hear a wanton song,
Their words offend mine ears;
From one rude boy that's us'd to mock,
One fickly theep infects the flock,
My God, I hate to walk or dwell
With finful children here: Then let me not be fent to hell, Where none but finners are.
§ 236. Against Pride in Clothes. WATTS. WHY
fhould our garments, made to hide Our parents fhame, provoke our pride? The art of drefs did ne'er begin
Till Eve, our mother, learnt to fin.
When first the put the cov❜ring on,
How proud we are! how fond to fhew
Our clothes, and call them rich and new! When the poor fheep and filkworm wore That very clothing long before. The tulip and the butterfly Appear in gayer coats than I: Let me be dreft fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flow'rs, exceed me still. Then will I fet my heart to find
Inward adornings of the mind;
No more fhall worms with me compare ;
It never fades, it ne'er grows old,
The more 'tis worn, the more it shines.
'Tis his own work, and his delight.
$237. Obedience to Parents. WATTS. LE
ET children that would fear the Lord,
Have you not heard what dreadful plagues
What heavy guilt upon him lies!
How curfed is his name!
But those who worship God, and give
$238. The Child's Complaint. WATTS. WHY fhould I love my sport so well, So conftant at my play,
And lofe the thoughts of heav'n and hell,
What do I read my Bible for,
But, Lord, to learn thy will?
How fenfeless is my heart, and wild!
Make me thy heav'nly voice to hear,
Since God will lend a gracious ear
$239. A Morning and Evening Song. WATTS. Morning Song.
MY.God, who makes the fun to know
His proper hour to rife,
And to give light to all below,
Doth fend him round the skies!
But round the world he fhines;
So, like the fun, would I fulfil
The bus'nefs of the day:
Nor let my foul complain
AND now another day is gone,
I'll fing my Maker's praife; My comforts ev'ry hour make knowa His providence and grace.
But how my childhood runs to waste !
My fins, how great their fum!
I lay my body down to fleep;
THIS is the day when Chrift arofe
So carly from the dead; Why should I keep my eye-lids clos'd, And waste my hours in bed?
This is the day when Jefus broke
The pow'r of death and hell; And thall I ftill wear Satan's yoke,
And love my fins fo well
I'll leave my fport to read and pray,
$241. For the Lord's Day Evening.
LORD, how delightful 'tis to fee
A whole affembly worthip thee!
With thoughts of Chrift and things divine
inay lie down, and wake with God.
242. The Ten Commandments, out of the Old Teftament; with the Sum of the Commandments out of the New Testament. WATTS.
THOU fhalt have no more gods but me. 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. Abitain from words and deeds unclean, 8. Nor fteal tho' thou art poor and mean; 9. Nor make a wilful lie, nor love it. 10. What is thy neighbour's dare not covet.
MATT. Xxii. 37.
WITH all thy foul love God above; And as thyilf thy neighbour love.
OSANNA to king David's Son,
And teach the babes to fing.
Who from the Father came;
HOSANNA to the Son
GIVE to the Father praise,
Giye glory to the Son;
And to the Spirit of his grace
Yet the rofe has one powerful virtue to boat,
The Sluggard, WATTS.
And when he gets up he fits folding his hands,
Said I then to my heart, "Here's a leffon for me,
§ 248. Innocent Play. WATTS.
Still how fweet a perfume will it yield!
So frail is the youth and the beauty of men,
Tho' they bloom and look gay like the rose:
Then I'll not be proud of my youth or my beauty,
But gain a good name by well doing my duty;
$250. The Thief. WATTS.
By fuch tricks to hope for gain :
Oft we fee a young beginner
Tho' we fancy none can spy :
ABROAD in the meadows, to fee the young Guard my heart, O God of heav'n,
Run fporting about by the fide of their dams,
With fleeces fo clean and fo white,
Or a neft of young doves in a large open cage,
If we had been ducks, we might dabble in mud;
So foul and to fierce are their natures:
$249. The Rofe. WATTS.
But the leaves are beginning to fade in an hour.
Left I covet what's not mine:
Guard my heart and hands from fin.
$251. The Ant, or Emmet. WATTS.
They manage their work in fuch regular forms,
And fo brought their food within doors