All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.@Isaiah 54:13

John H. Hin­ton, in the Bap­tist Se­lect­ion, 1828. Also ap­peared in the 1840 ed­i­tion, num­ber 599. A pa­rent­al pray­er.

Ham­burg Lo­well Ma­son, 1824 (🔊 pdf nwc). First pub­lished in The Bos­ton Han­del and Hay­dn So­ci­e­ty Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, third ed­i­tion, 1825.

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Father of all! before Thy throne,
Grateful but anxious parents bow;
Look in paternal mercy down,
And yield the boon we ask Thee now.

’Tis not for wealth, or joys of earth,
Or life prolonged we seek Thy face;
’Tis for a new and heavenly birth,
’Tis for the treasures of Thy grace.

’Tis for their souls’ eternal joy,
For rescue from the coming woe;
Do not our earnest suit deny;
We cannot, cannot let Thee go.