Christian Worship Dedication Of A School-house.
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!
To Learning and to Knowledge reared-
We dedicate with prayer and praise
This edifice, to thee, revered
Above all gods, through endless days!
Accept the offering-deign to dwell
With thy confiding children here;
The shades of Ignorance dispel,-
In Truth’s omnipotence appear!
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.