Great God, our feeble efforts own,
And crown our labours with success;
Grant that the seed in weakness sown,
May soon be raised in righteousness.
On babes and children mercy show,
And let their souls before Thee live,
For we may plant and water too,
But Thou alone canst increase give.
Seal our instructions on each heart,
And teach them to observe Thy ways;
Teach them to choose the better part,
And serve Thee in their youthful days.
Then we and they, when time shall end,
Shall joyful meet Thee in the sky;
Before Thy gracious footstool bend,
And praise Thee to eternity.