SUNG AT THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHILDREN'S MISSION, BOSTON, 1878
John Greenleaf Whittier
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Thine are all the gifts, O God! Thine the broken bread; Let the naked feet be shod, And let the starving fed. Let Thy children, by Thy grace, Give a they abound, Till the poor have breathing-space, And the lost are found. Wiser than the miser's hoards Is the giver's choice; Sweeter than the song of birds Is the thankful voice. Welcome smiles on faces sad As the flowers of spring; Let the tender hearts be glad With the joy they bring. Happier for their pity's sake Make their sports and play, And form their lips of childhood take Thy perfected praise!