1 God only wise, almighty, good,
Send forth thy truth and light,
To point us out the narrow road,
And guide our steps aright:
2 To steer our dang'rous course between
The rocks on either hand;
And fix us in the golden mean,
And bring our charge to land.
3 Make apt by thy sufficient grace
To teach as taught by thee.
We come to train in all thy ways
Our rising progeny.
4 Their selfish will in time subdue,
And ortify their pride;
And lend their youth a sacred clew
To fin the Crucify'd!
5 We would in ev'ry step look up,
By thy example taught,
T' alarm their fear, excite their hope,
And rectify their thought.
6 We would persuade their heart t' obey,
With mildest zeal proceed;
And never take the harsher way,
When love will do the deed.
7 For this we ask, in faith sincere,
The wisdom from above;
To touch their hears with filial fear,
And pure, ingenuous love:
8 To watch their will to sense inclin'd,
With-hold the hurtful food;
And gently bend their tender mind,
And draw their souls to God.