1 Not all the nobles of the earth,
Who boast the honors of their birth,
Such real dignity can claim,
As those who bear the Christian name.
2 To them the privilege is giv'n,
To be the sons and heirs of heav'n;
Sons of the God who reigns on high,
And heirs of joys beyond the sky.
3 His will he makes them early know,
And teaches their young feet to go;
Whispers instruction to their minds,
And on their hearts his precepts binds.
4 Their daily wants his hands supply:
Their steps he guards with watchful eye:
Leads them from earth to heav'n above,
And crowns them with eternal love.
5 If I've the honor, Lord! to be
One of this num'rous family:
On me the gracious gift bestow,
To call thee Abba, Father, too.
6 So may my conduct ever prove
My filial piety and love!
Whilst all my brethren clearly trace
Their Father's likeness on my face.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #240