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8. Against Lying. O’ris a lovely thing for youth
To walk betimes in wisdom's way; To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say. But liars we can never trust, Though they should speak the thing
that's true; And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
Hlave we not known, nor heard, nor
read, How God abhors deceit and wrong? How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue ? So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in and grew so bold As to confirm that wicked lie
Which just before her husband told. The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth ; but ev'ry liar Must have his portion in the lake That burns with brimstone and with
fire. Then let me always watch my lips,
Lest I be struck to death and hell ; Since God a book of reck’ning keeps
For ev'ry lie that children tell.
9. Praise to God for learning to read. Tue praises of my tongue
I offer to the Lord, That I was taught and learnt so young
To read his holy word :
That I am brought to know
The danger I was in ;
A wretched slave to sin :
I can do nothing well;
To save himself from hell?
Informs me where to go :
Aud make me holy too.
How Christ, the Son of God, Did undertake our great concern;
Our ransom cost his blood.
He sends his spirit down,
And make his Gospel known.
And make my heart receive,
Then shall I praise the Lord,
In a more cheerful strain,
And have not learnt in vain.
LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so ; Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature, too.
But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise;
To tear each other's eyes.
And all your words be wild ;
That sweet and lovely child.
And, as his stature grew,
And God his father too.
And, from his heav'nly throne,
And marks them for his own.
11. Solemn Thoughts on God and Death. There is a God that reigns above, Lord of the heav'ns and earth and
seas; I fear his wrath, I ask his love,
And with my lips I sing his praise.