1 Grant us wisdom, gracious Lord,
To instruct our children dear;
And thy special aid afford
While for them we kneel in prayer.
2 Oh, how ignorant and weak!
How imperfect in our zeal!
Guilty, while to heaven we speak--
Jesus, Lord, our pardon seal!
3 Help us still our work of love
Daily, hourly, to pursue;
While thy Spirit from above
Shall our children's souls renew.
4 For this blessing now we plead;
Send thy Holy Spirit down;
Smile on us and on our seed,
Make thy power and glory known.
5 Thou hast heard our solemn prayer--
We are thine, for ever thine:
Take these children to thy care,
Fill their hearts with grace divine.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #746