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Send around their rich perfumes ;
Sheds its fragrance more refined. 2 Sweet the prospect to behold
Early blossoms thus unfold ;
Does in youthful sinners shine!
Lowly, and meek, and good ;
And stands in awe of God.
And trust in His dear Name,
And sing His matchless fame. 3 He'll listen to their cry,
Protect them day and night; Their every need He will supply,
And guide their footsteps right. 229
The same. 1 CHILDREN who know and fear the Lord,
From all the paths of sin depart;
And hide it deep within their heart. 2 They in His mercy hope, through grace ;
Revere His judgments, not contemn;
3 This fear, a rich and endless store,
Preserves the soul from pois'nous pride :
Whatever it possess beside.
In this through all His life He stood;
Has free redemption in His blood. 230 Christ's Regard for Children. 1 SEE, Israel's gentle Shepherd stands,
With soul-engaging charms;
And folds them in His arms!
Nor scorn their humble name;
The Lord of angels came.'
e bring the young to Thee ; Joyful that we ourselves are Thine,
May Thine the children be!
When babes in grace begin to cry ;
Who on the Lord sincerely call.
Which longs to be completely whole ;
3 No soul would ever feel its woe,
Did God not dwell with man below;
Did Christ not plead His cause above. 4 Each warm desire that inly burns,
And for the Saviour's presence yearns ; Each heaving sigh, each breath of prayer,
Bespeaks His gracious presence there.
For that poor sinner intercedes ;
To hear the prayer the Spirit writes. 6 Thus all true prayer from God comes down,
And then ascends through Christ the Son ;
In Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 232 Hardness of Heart Mourned. C.M. 1 What is there, Lord, a child can do
That feels with guilt oppressed ?
Before, within my breast. 2 My thoughts are vain ; my heart is hard ;
My temper apt to rise ;
It takes me by surprise.
I find I've broken them ;
That God will sin condemn.
My humble voice regard ;
And Thine own Holy Spirit send,
To melt a heart so hard. 233 Jesus Lives to Save.
C.M. 1 DEAR child, and dost thou feel thy sin
A load of pain and grief,
Jesus can give relief.
A void which none can fill ?
He lives, and therefore WILL.
Ånd all the pain remove;
'Tis love that thirsts for love. 234 They who seek shall Find. THE child, however young in years,
Who feels an inward smart,
In Jesus has a part.
In His good time shall find ;
Or scorns a willing mind.
The way to joys above,
To His eternal love.
How kind the promises He makes !
A bruised reed He never breaks,
Nor will He quench the smoking flax. 2 The humble poor He'll not despise,
Nor on the contrite sinner frown;
He quickly sends salvation down.
Like tender buds, begins to shoot,
And ripens blossoms into fruit.
In all the sorrows they endure ;
His promise is for ever sure.
Between the powers of grace and sin,
The bitter pangs they feel within. 6 Though pressed with fears on every side,
They know not how the strife may end; Yet He will soon the cause decide,
And judgment unto victory send. 236 The Friend of Children. 7.6 double.
Though sinful, weak, and erring,
The God who dwells in light
His praises, day and night;
E’en when an infant kneeis :
For every woe he feels.