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Praise for Birth and Education in a Christian Land.

1 GREAT GOD, to thee my Voice I raise,
2 To thee my youngest Hours belong;
3 I would begin my Life with Praise,
4 Till growing Years improve the Song.
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5 'Tis to thy sov'reign Grace I owe
6 That I was born on British Ground;
7 Where Streams of heav'nly Mercy flow,
8 And Words of sweet Salvation sound.
9 I would not change my native Land
10 For rich Peru with all her Gold:
11 A nobler Prize lies in my Hand,
12 Than East or Western Indies hold.
13 How do I pity those that dwell
14 Where Ignorance and Darkness reigns!
15 They know no Heav'n, they fear no Hell,
16 Those endless Joys, those endless Pains.
17 Thy glorious Promises, O LORD,
18 Kindle my Hopes and my Desire;
19 While all the Preachers of thy Word
20 Warn me to 'scape eternal Fire.
21 Thy Praise shall still employ my Breath,
22 Since thou hast mark'd my Way to Heav'n;
23 Nor will I run the Road to Death,
24 And waste the Blessings thou hast giv'n.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG V. Praise for Birth and Education in a Christian Land.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: song

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, pp. 7-8. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000)

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