Young Christian's first lesson-book/Lesson Seven

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How Love to our Neighbour ſhould be expreſsed.

I By my love to men muſt prove
How cordially my God I love.
"To thoſe whom he hath cloth'd with pow'rs
I would be ſubject ev'ry hour:
To Parents, and to Rulers too,
Pay honour and obedience due :
In ev'ry word would truth preſerve
Nor let one act from juſtice ſwerve.

In all my feeble hands can do,
The good of all I would purſue:
And where my pow'rs of action fail,
Kind wiſhes in my heart prevail
For ev'ry man, whoe'er he be,
Stranger, or friend, or enemy.

Since by God's pard'ning grace I live,
Well may I all my foes forgive;
And, as Chriſt's word and pattern ſhew'd,
Conquer their evil by my good.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.