God of all wisdom and goodness
Give us Thy light and truth
To show the strait and narrow way
And our footsteps to guide.
When in danger to be our guide
And on the rocky steep;
To pilot our ship safely through
Until we reach the shore.
And as we grow more in thy grace,
To reach them as thy word;
Help us to teach all our children
According to thy ways.
In time, destroy their vain desire
The lust and pride of life,
Help to teach them the holy way
To their saviour and Lord.
We want to look up and follow
Thy good example, Lord
Channel their hope and fear to thee,
Their thoughts to be renewed.
We want to woo them to have faith
And show their zeal for thee;
Grant that we teach not peevishly
Rather, teach them with love.
In faith we ask for this from thee
E’en wisdom from above;
Grant them a childish fear in thee
And with a perfect love.
Help us guide their bent to evil
Away from all dangers,
That we may gently bend their hearts
And draw them close to thee.