Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.@Proverbs 22:6
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Daniel A. Payne (1811–1893)

Daniel A. Payne (1811–1893).

Shorter Levi J. Coppin, in The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book, first edition (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: African Methodist Episcopal Book Concern, 1898), num­ber 735 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Levi J. Coppin (1848–1923)

My infant, Lord, to Thee I gladly bring
She is of earth, and yet a heav’nly thing;
As the nude birdling in its mother’s nest,
So is this baby on my anxious breast.

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Oh, like an angel, may she ever be!
And think, and speak, and act thro’ life for Thee!

A birdling, I would teach its tiny wings
To soar up, where each bright archangel sings,
To join the songs of flaming seraphim,
And with the ransomed sing th’eternal hymn.

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But Thou, and Thou alone, canst give it might
To spread her wings for regions out of sight;
To nestle in the glories of a throne,
Which none can reach but love, and love alone.

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Then come, oh come, my baby take and train
For life’s great work! She must not live in vain;
Of mundane birth, a more than mundane thing,
To Thee, O Lord, my baby now I bring.

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To Thee I consecreate my helpless child,
Whose nature may be rough, and crook’d and wild,
If Thou dost not, with plastic power divine,
Remold her in Thine image, yes in Thine.

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Breathe in her soul the life—th’eternal life,
Nor hatred, pride, nor lust be ever rife
Within her heart; but as an angel, she
May ever feel, and speak, and act for Thee.

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