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The little birds may well look gay,
And spread their plumes and sing,
By a distressing gloom,
Much less of what's to come.
But Myra is a child of pray'r,
And from her early youth, Taught by a tender parent's care,
To hear the voice of truth ; For you I think upon this morn
With pleasure, not with pain, Trusting that as you once were born,
You shall be born again.
Dear Myra hear the Saviour speak,
He speaks this day to thee, Renounce the world, (he says) and seek
Your happiness in me; .
But 'tis delusion all;
By yielding to my call.
Devote to me your early days,
Can you too soon be blest, - And I will guide you by my grace, • To an eternal rest; The object of my care and love,
You then shall walk in peace, And rise to higher joys above;
When this frail life shall cease.
FOR A YOUNG PERSON.
JESUS, the way, the life, the truth,
The sinner's hope and end ;
And be his guide and friend.
Preserve him from the harms and snares
Which fill this world of woe; And may he, as he grows in years,
In grace and wisdom grow.
As from the bud the opening flow'r
Its various sweets displays;
And flourish to thy praise.
As light advances from the dawn,
And strengthens into day,
Grow stronger in his way.
Dear Lord, the heavenly unction mix
With all he has to learn;
To mind the great concern.
Assist his parent's tender cares
To form his mind for thee; That they, of all their pains and pray’rs,
A rich reward may see.
To them may he a comfort prove,
Be to thy people dear;
To all within his sphere.
MARRIAGE! thou most endeared tie;
Where hearts with hands are join'd! Who can conceive, until they try,
Thy influence on the mind ?
At length arrives the important day,
Commission'd with a pow'r; Some pain or pleasure to convey
To every future hour.
Numbers who rush into the state
Thoughtless and unconcern'd, Would shudder, could the ills that wait
Around them be discern'd.
Thus flatter'd by a gentle breeze,
The heedless landsman sails; Too late he trembles when the seas
Are vex'd by stormy gales.