A heavy task for a boy, but grace made him do his duty.
Eli was wrong with his sons, but he was right with God. We must admire the aged man’s holy submission, and imitate it.
Twill save us from a thousand snares,
To mind religion young;
Grace will preserve our following years,
And make our virtues strong.
Let the sweet work of prayer and praise,
Employ our youngest breath;
Thus we’re prepared for longer days,
Or fit for early death.