Praise (Smart)

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Hymn XVII. Praise  (1771) 
by Christopher Smart
From the Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).
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HYMN XVII.

PRAISE.


Tho' conscience void of all offence,[1]
       Is man's divinest praise,
A godly heart-felt innocence,
Which does at first by grace commence,
       5 By supplication stays:

Yet I do love my brother's laud,
       In each attempt to please;
O may he frequently applaud,
"Good child, thou soon shalt go abroad,
       10 "Or have such things as these. —

"This silver coin'd by sweet queen Anne,
       "This nose-gay and these toys,
"Thou this gilt Testament shalt scan,
"This pictur'd Hymn-book on a plan,
       15 "To make good girls and boys."

O may they give, before I ask,
       Suggest before desire,
While in the summer-house I bask,
The little lab'rer at his task,
       20 Is worthy of his hire.[2]


1771

Notes

  1. 1. See "Acts 24:16: "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
  2. 19—20. See Luke 10:7: "And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire."
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