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HYMN, COMPOSED FOR THE CHILDREN OF A SUNDAY SCHOOL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O thou! To whom the grateful song
Last Line: And endless life with thee!
Alternate Author Name(s): Quaker Poet
Subject(s): Religious Education; Children; Sunday Schools; Yeshivas; Parochial Schools; Childhood


O THOU! to whom the grateful song
Of prayer and praise is due,
Hear, we entreat, our childish throng,
And grant thy blessing too.

On those who have so kindly strove
Thy precepts to instil;
Who strive to teach us how to love,
And do thy holy will;

On such, O LORD! thy mercies shed,
Who, in this world of wo,
Like fountains, with fresh waters fed,
Bear blessings as they flow.

And may we, planted by such streams,
Like flowers, which love to lave
Their bending branches in the beams
Which warm their parent wave:

May we, thus blest, yet humbly bow
To THEE, the Source of Love!
And drawing nurture from below,
Breathe brightness from above.

Then shall we, while on earth we live,
To thine a comfort be;
And wither, but through death to live
And endless life with THEE!





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