845. C. M. Aspland's Coll. The Virtuous Love of Country.
1 Parent of all, omnipotent!
In heaven and earth below!
Through all creation's vast extent
Whose streams of goodness flow:
2 Teach me to know from whence I rose,
And unto what designed;
No private aims may I propose,
That injure human kind.
3 To hear my country's lawful voice
May my best thoughts incline;
'Tis reason's law, 'tis virtue's choice,
'Tis nature's call, and thine.
4 Me from fair freedom's sacred cause
May nothing e'er divide;
Nor grandeur, gold, nor vain applause,
Nor friendship false, misguide.
5 To duty, honor, virtue true,
In all my country's weal,
Let me my public walk pursue:
So, God, thy favor deal.