66. Religious Education; or Instructions of Piety

1 Children, in years and knowledge young,
Your parents' hope, your parents' joy,
Attend the counsels of my tongue,
Let pious thoughts your minds employ.

2 If you desire a length of days,
And peace to crown your mortal state,
Restrain your feet from impious ways,
Your lips from slander and deceit.

3 The eyes of God regard his saints,
His ears are open to their cries;
He sets his frowning face against
The sons of violence and lies.

4 To humble souls and broken hearts
God with his grace is ever nigh;
Pardon and hope his love imparts
When men in deep contrition lie.

5 He tells their tears, he counts their groans,
His Son redeems their souls from death;
His spirit heals their broken bones,
His praise employs their tuneful breath.

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First Line: Children, in years and knowledge young
Title: Religious Education; or Instructions of Piety
Meter: Long Metre
Language: English
Publication Date: 1786
Topic: Afflictions: removed by prayer; Angels: guardian; Care of God over his Saints (14 more...)
Notes: Second Part
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