Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.@Psalm 8:5

Samuel Longfellow, Hymns of the Spirit 1864.

Brookfield Thomas B. Southgate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892)

Go forth to life, O child of earth!
Still mindful of thy heav’nly birth;
Thou art not here for ease, or sin,
But manhood’s noble crown to win.

Tho’ passion’s fires are in thy soul,
Thy spirit can their flames control;
Tho’ tempters strong beset thy way,
Thy spirit is more strong than they.

Go on from innocence of youth
To manly purity and truth;
God’s angels still are near to save,
And God Himself doth help the brave.

Then forth to life, O child of earth!
Be worthy of thy heav’nly birth!
For noble service thou art here;
Thy brothers help, thy God revere!