36 DOMESTIC EDUCATION.
And to stimulate the reading of the Holy
Scriptures, how well adapted is the hymn:
" Father of Mercies, in thy Word
What endless glory shines!
Forever be thy name adored
For these celestial lines.
There may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find,
Riches above what earth can grant,
And lasting as the mind.
There the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows
Invite the longing taste.
There the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around,
And life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.
O may these heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see
And still increasing light.
Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,
Be thou forever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred Word,
And view my Savior there."
3. After singing should follow the fervent,
effectual prayer of the righteous at the family
altar. Prayer, supplication, and intercession are
different forms of the same thing, produced by
different and changing circumstances of the fam¬
ily or the individual. It is invocation for help