[from] Hymns for Infant Minds
Phialdelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1832
A CHILD'S HYMN OF PRAISE.
I THANK the goodness and the grace
Which on my birth have smil'd,
And made me in these christian days,
A free and happy child.
I was not born, as thousands are,
Where God was never known;
And taught to pray a useless prayer,
To blocks of wood and stone.
I was not born a little slave,
To labour in the sun,
And wish I were but in the grave,
And all my labour done!
I was not born without a home,
Or in some broken shed;
A gipsy baby taught to roam,
And steal my daily bread.
My GOD, I thank thee, who hast plann'd
A better lot for me,
And plac'd me in this happy land,
And where I hear of thee.