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HYMN CCCXXXI.

8.6.8.6

James Montgomery

Scriptural Examples of Piety and Obedience in the Young.

Isaac was ransom'd when he lay

Upon the altar bound;

Moses, an infant cast away,

Pharaoh's own daughter found.

Joseph, by his false brethren sold,

God raised above them all;

To Hannah's child, the Lord foretold,

How Eli's house must fall.

David the bear and lion slew

And o'er Gath's champion trod;

Josiah, from his boyhood, knew

His father David's God.

To good Naomi gentle Ruth

Clave with a daughter's soul;

A little maid reveal'd the truth,

Whence Naaman was made whole.

Children are thus Jehovah's care;

Thus youth may seek His face;

Since His own Son He did not spare,

With Him He gives all grace:

Grace, like the young of whom we read,

Early in Him to trust;

A Friend in need, a Friend indeed,

As merciful as just.

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Lord, while like them our course we read,

Be Thou to us that Friend,

And in the footsteps of Thy Son,

Conduct us to the end.

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