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The Advantages Of Early Religion
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Happy’s the child whose youngest years
Receive instruction well;
Who hates the sinner’s path, and fears
The road that leads to hell.

When we devote our youth to God,
‘Tis pleasing in his eyes;
A flower, when offer’d in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice.

‘Tis easier work if we begin
To fear the Lord betimes;
While sinners that grow old in sin
Are hard’ned in their crimes.

‘Twill save us from a thousand snares
To mind religion young;
Grace will preserve our following years
And make our vertue strong.

To thee, Almighty God, to thee
Our childhood we resign;
‘Twill please us to look back and see
That our whole lives were thine.

Let the sweet work of prayer and praise,
Employ my youngest breath;
Thus I’m prepar’d for longer days,
Or fit for early death.