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Baptism and Childhood. 309
Shepherd of Israel, from above
Thy feeble flock behold ; And let us never lose Thy love,
Nor wander from Thy fold.
Thou wilt not cast Thy lambs away;
Thy hand is ever near, To guide them lest they go astray,
And keep them safe from fear.
Thy tender care supports the weak,
And will not let them fall; Then teach us, Lord, Thy praise to speak,
And on Thy Name to call!
We want Thy help, for we are frail;
Thy light, for we are blind ; Let grace o'er all our doubts prevail,
To prove that Thou art kind.
Teach us the things we ought to know;
And may we find them true ; And still, in stature as we grow,
Increase in wisdom too.
Guide us through life ; and when at last
We enter into rest, Thy tender arms around us cast,
And fold us to Thy breast!
William, Hiley Bat hurst. 1831.