988. L. M. J. G. Adams. Dedication of a School-house.
1 God of our fathers! from whose hand
Came all our lights and blessings down, --
Who this devoted, favored land
Dost with thy choicest mercy crown!
2 To Learning and to Knowledge reared --
We dedicate with prayer and praise
This edifice, to thee, revered
Above all gods, through endless days!
3 Accept the offering -- deign to dwell
With thy confiding children here;
The shades of Ignorance dispel, --
In Truth's omnipotence appear!
4 Here through successive years may come
The youthful mind -- fair Wisdom's guest;
Long be this house Instruction's home,
When those who reared it sink to rest.