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Let children hear the mighty deeds
Which God performed of old;
Which in our younger years we saw,
And which our fathers told.
His works of power and grace;
And well convey His wonders down
Through every rising race.
And they again to theirs;
That generations yet unborn
May teach them to their heirs.
Their hope securely stands,
That they may neer forget His works,
But practice His commands.
Unless the Lord the house shall build,
The weary builders toil in vain;
Unless the Lord the city shield,
The guards a useless watch maintain.
And late your nightly vigils keep,
And of the bread of toil partake;
God gives to His belovèd sleep.
A gift from God in very truth;
With arrows is his quiver stored
Who joys in children of his youth.
By stalwart sons and daughters fair;
No enemies by him are feared,
No lack of love, no want of care.
O Father, all creating,
Whose wisdom, love, and power
First bound two lives together
In Edens primal hour,
Today to these Thy children
Thine earliest gifts renew,
A home by Thee made happy,
A love by Thee kept true.
Of old in Galilee,
Vouchsafe today Thy presence
With these who call on Thee;
Their store of earthly gladness
Transform to heavenly wine,
And teach them, in the tasting,
To know the gift is Thine.
Breathe on them from above,
So mighty in Thy pureness,
So tender in Thy love;
That, guarded by Thy presence,
From sin and strife kept free,
Their lives may own Thy guidance,
Their hearts be ruled by Thee.
The house is built in vain;
Except Thou, Savior, bless it,
The joy will turn to pain;
But naught can break the union
Of hearts in Thee made one;
And love Thy Spirit hallows
Is endless love begun.
How shall the young secure their hearts
And guard their lives from sin?
Thy Word the choicest rules imparts
To keep the conscience clean.
It spreads such light abroad,
The meanest souls instruction find,
And raise their thoughts to God.
That guides us all the day,
And through the dangers of the night
A lamp to lead our way.
And meditate Thy Word,
Grow wiser than their teachers are,
And better know the Lord.
I hate the sinners road;
I hate my own vain thoughts that rise,
But love Thy law, my God.
The earth maintains her place;
And these Thy servants, night and day,
Thy skill and power express.
Have lessons more divine;
Not earth stands firmer than Thy Word,
Nor stars so nobly shine.
How pure is every page!
That holy Book shall guide our youth
And well support our age.
Blest is he who loves Gods precepts,
Who from sin restrains his feet,
He who will not stand with sinners,
He who shuns the scorners seat.
Of the Lord his chief delight,
In Gods law, divinely perfect,
Meditating day and night.
By the flowing rivers side,
Ever green of leaf and fruitful:
Thus shall all his works abide.
Shall be swept from off the land
With the just they shall not gather,
Nor shall in the judgment stand.
For their way to Him is known;
But the way of evildoers
Shall by Him be overthrown.
Sweet is the day of sacred rest,
My heart shall triumph in my Lord
Fools never raise their thoughts so high;
But I shall share a glorious part,
Sin (my worst enemy before)
Then shall I see, and hear, and know
And then what triumphs shall I raise
But O what gentle terms,
Arrayed in mortal flesh,
Great Prophet of my God,
Be Thou my Counsellor,
I love my Shepherds voice,
To this dear Suretys hand
Jesus, my great High Priest,
My Advocate appears
My dear almighty Lord,
Now let my soul arise,
Should all the hosts of death,
Happy the home where Jesus Name
Happy the home where prayer is heard,
Lord, let us in our homes agree
Wait not for men to laud, heed not their slight;
Night soon comes on apace, day hastens by;
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