Come, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To whom we for our children cry;
The good desired and wanted most,
Out of Thy richest grace supply!
The sacred discipline be given
To train and bring them up for heaven.
Error and ignorance remove,
Their blindness both of heart and mind;
Give them the wisdom from above,
Spotless, and peaceable, and kind:
In knowledge pure their minds renew,
And store with thoughts divinely true.
Unite the pair so long disjoined,Charles Wesley
Knowledge and vital piety:
Learning and holiness combined,
And truth and love, let all men see,
In those whom up to Thee we give,
Thine, wholly Thine, to die and live!
Copied from my grandmother’s hymnal, Hymn Book, Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Nashville, TN, 1901, Hymn #698.
Note: The hymns in this hymnal are not titled. So when I do not know the hymn, I make up a title or simply use the first line.
Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2018