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The Child's Complaint.

1 WHY should I love my Sports so well,
2 So constant at my Play,
3 And lose the Thoughts of Heav'n and Hell;
4 And then forget to pray?
5 What do I read my Bible for,
6 But, LORD, to learn thy Will;
7 And shall I daily know thee more,
8 And less obey thee still?
9 How senseless is my Heart and wild!
10 How vain are all my Thoughts?
11 Pity the Weakness of a Child,
12 And pardon all my Faults.
13 Make me thy heav'nly Voice to hear,
14 And let me love to pray;
15 Since GOD will lend a gracious Ear
16 To what a Child can say.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG XXIV. The Child's Complaint.
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, p. 34. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A5 f.3516].)

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