6-8s. A Prayer for Children. 1 COME, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, To whom we for our children cry; The good desired and wanted most Out of thy richest grace supply; The sacred discipline be given, To train and bring them up for heaven.
2 Answer on them the end of all Our cares, and pains, and studies here; On them, recovered from their fall, Stamped with the humble character, Raised by the nurture of the Lord, To all their paradise restored.
3 Error and ignorance remove, Their blindness both of heart and mind; Give them the wisdom from above, Spotless, and peaceable, and kind; In knowledge pure their minds renew, And store with thoughts divinely true.
4 Learning's redundant part and vain Be all cut off, and cast aside, But let them, Lord, the substance gain, In every solid truth abide; Swiftly acquire, and ne'er forego, The knowledge fit for man to know.
5 Unite the pair so long disjoined, Knowledge and vital piety: Learning and holiness combined, And truth and love, let all men see In those whom up to thee we give, Thine, wholly thine, to die and live.
6 Father, accept them through thy Son, And ever by thy Spirit guide! Thy wisdom in their lives be shown, Thy name confessed and glorified; Thy power and love diffused abroad, Till all the earth is filled with God.