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Baptism and Childhood. 299
BAPTISM AND CHILDHOOD.
God of that glorious gift of grace By which Thy people seek Thy face, When in Thy presence we appear, Vouchsafe us faith to venture near!
Confiding in Thy truth alone, Here, on the steps of Jesus' throne, We lay the treasure Thou hast given To be received and rear'd for Heaven.
Lent to us for a season, we Lend him for ever, Lord, to Thee ! Assured, that, if to Thee he live, We gain in what we seem to give.
Large and abundant blessings shed, Warm as these prayers, upon his head ! And on his soul the dews of grace, Fresh as these drops upon his face !
Make him and keep him Thine own child, Meek follower of the UndefiTd ! Possessor here of grace and love ; Inheritor of Heaven above !
John S. B. MonselL 1837.
Lord ! may the inward grace abound Through Thine appointed outward sign ;
A milder seal than Abraham found Of cov'nant blessings more Divine ;