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A Catechism in Rhyme

In Children's Catechisms on 25/05/2011 at 09:46

Yet another form of a children’s catechism. This version was published in THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY’S SHORTER CATECHISM, WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS.  [Portland : Hyde, Lord and Duren. New-York City : Eli French. 1847.] 


1. Who made you, child, and bade you live?
God did my life and spirit give.

2. Who keeps you safely, can you tell?
God keeps me safe, and makes me well.

3. How has God shown the way of truth?
The Bible is the guide of youth.

4. How should you act to God above?
With fear and honour, praise and love.

5. Does God know all you do and say?
Yes, and my thoughts both night and day.

6. Have you and evil heart within?
Yes; I was even born in sin.

7. How does your heart its badness show?
By sinful words and actions too.

8. Is not God angry when we sin?
Yes. Oh how wicked I have been.

9. What do your sins deserve t’ obtain?
Present and everlasting pain.

10. And can you save yourself from wo?
I cannot save myself, I know.

11. Have you the power to change your heart?
No; it is prone from good to start.

12. Who, then, can peace and pardon give?
Jesus, who died that we might live.

13. What proves that Jesus Christ will save?
His life, his cross, his death, his grave.

14. Can none but Christ for sin atone?
The blood of Jesus Christ alone.

15. And how may you his grace receive?
In Jesus Christ I must believe.

16. Must you repent with humble heart?
Yes, and from every sin depart.

17. From God what blessings should you seek?
Lord, save my soul for Jesus’ sake.

18. Should you love Christ, who was so good?
Oh yes, with all my heart I should.

19. Did Christ become a little child?
Yes, holy, humble, meek and mild.

20. What did his early his’try shew?
Jesus in strength and wisdom grew.

21. What was foretold of Jesus’ grace?
The Lambs he’ll on his bosom place.

22. And were the young thus loved and blest?
Christ took and clasped them to his breast. Read the rest of this entry »