A Celebration of Women Writers

"Hymn, for the Children of a Sunday School." by Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Publication: The Writings of Jane Taylor, In Five Volumes by Jane Taylor. Volume I, Memoirs and Poetical Remains.. Edited by Isaac Taylor, Jr., of Stanford Rivers. Boston: Perkins & Marvin, 1832. pp. 336-337.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

HYMN.

FOR THE CHILDREN OF A SUNDAY SCHOOL.

  COME let our songs resound
  Within these peaceful walls:
The light of knowledge shines around,
  And e'en on us it falls.

  Through God our father's care,
  Though we deserved it not,
Our lines in pleasant places are,
  And goodly is our lot.

  This cheerful morning sun,
  That lights our happy plains,
Shines, ere its daily course is run,
  Where heathen darkness reigns.

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  Before the dawn of day
  On Britain's favored isle,
Downward he casts his burning ray
  On many a pagan pile.

  He saw the savage wild,
  Some idol's help implore;
He saw the untaught Indian child
  His painted gods adore.

  Lord, let thy light, we pray,
  On them–on us arise:
For we are foolish, blind as they,
  Till Jesus make us wise.

  We learn thy blessed will,
  We read thy holy word,
Then may we thy commands fulfil,
  Which others never heard.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom