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Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXXIXMeter: 8.8First Line: Thou shalt have no more Gods but meLyrics:
1. Thou shalt have no more Gods but me.
2. Before no idol bow thy knee.
3. Take not the Name of God in vain:
4. Nor dare the Sabbath–day profane.
5. Give both thy parents honour due.
6. Take heed that thou no murder do.
7. Abstain from words and deeds unclean:
8. Nor steal, though thou art poor and mean.
9. Nor make a wilful lie, nor love it.
10. What is thy neighbor’s dare not covet.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXXXMeter: 8.8First Line: With all thy soul love God aboveLyrics:
With all thy soul love God above;
And as thyself thy neighbor love.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXXVIIIMeter: 126.96.36.199First Line: Lord, how delightful 'tis to seeLyrics:
Lord, how delightful ‘tis to see
A whole assembly worship thee!
At once they sing, at once they pray;
They hear of heaven, and learn the way.
I have been there, and still would go
’Tis like a little heaven below!
Not all my pleasure and my play
Should tempt me to forget this day.
O write upon my memory, Lord,
The text and doctrines of thy Word,
That I may break thy laws no more,
But love thee better than before!
With thoughts of Christ and things divine
Fill up this foolish heart of mine:
That, hoping pardon through his blood,
I may lie down, and wake with God.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXXVIMeter: 188.8.131.52First Line: And now another day is goneLyrics:
And now another day is gone,
I’ll sing my Maker’s praise!
My comforts every hour make known
His providence and grace.
But how my childhood runs to waste
My sins how great their sum!
Lord, give me pardon for the past,
And strength for days to come.
I lay my body down to sleep,
Let angels guard my head;
And, through the hours of darkness, keep
Their watch around my head.
With cheerful heart I close mine eyes,
Since thou wilt not remove;
And in the morning let me rise
Rejoicing in thy love.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXXVIIMeter: 184.108.40.206First Line: This is the day when Christ aroseLyrics:
This is the day when Christ arose
So early from the dead:
Why should I my eyelids close,
And waste my hours in bed?
This is the day when Jesus broke
The powers of death and hell;
And shall I still wear Satan’s yoke,
And love my sins so well?
To–day, with pleasure, Christians meet,
To pray, and hear thy Word;
And I would go with cheerful feet
To learn thy will, O Lord!
I’ll leave my sport, to read and pray,
And so prepare for heaven:
O may I love this blessed day
The best of all the seven!
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXIIMeter: 220.127.116.11First Line: Happy the child whose youngest yearsLyrics:
Happy the child whose youngest years
Receive instructions well;
Who hates the sinner’s path, and fears
The road that leads to hell.
When we devote our youth to God,
’Tis pleasing in his eyes;
A flower, when offer’d in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice.
’Tis easier work if we begin
To fear the Lord betimes;
While sinners, that grow old in sin,
Are harden’d in their crimes.
’Twill save us from a thousand snares
To mind religion young:
Grace will preserve our following years,
And make our virtue strong.
To thee, Almighty God, to thee
Our childhood we resign:
’Twill please us to look back and see
That our whole lives were thine.
Let the sweet work of prayer and praise
Employ my youngest breath!
Thus I’m prepared for future days,
Or fit for early death.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXIIIMeter: 18.104.22.168First Line: Why should I say, "'Tis yet too soonLyrics:
Why should I say, “‘Tis yet too soon
“To seek for heaven or think of death?”
A flower may fade before ‘tis noon,
And I this day may lose my breath.
If this rebellious heart of mine
Despise the gracious calls of Heaven,
I may be harden’d in my sin,
And never have repentance given.
What if the Lord grow wroth, and swear,
While I refuse to read and pray,
That he’ll refuse to lend an ear
To all my groans another day!
What if his dreadful anger burn,
While I refuse his offer’d grace,
And all his love to anger turn,
And strike me dead upon the place!
’Tis dangerous to provoke a God!
His power and vengeance none can tell:
One stroke of his almighty rod
Shall send young sinners quick to hell.
Then ‘twill for ever be in vain
To cry for pardon or for grace;
To wish I had my time again,
Or hope to see my Maker’s face.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXIVMeter: 22.214.171.124First Line: What blest examples do I findLyrics:
What blest examples do I find
Writ in the Word of Truth,
Of children that begin to mind
Religion in their youth!
Jesus, who reigns above the sky,
And keeps the world in awe,
Was once a child as young as I,
And kept his Father’s law.
At twelve years old he talk’d with men,
(The Jews all wondering stand;)
Yet he obey’d his Mother then,
And came at her command.
Children a sweet hasanna sung,
And blest their Saviour’s name;
They gave him honour with their tongue,
While scribes and priests blaspheme.
Samuel the child was wean’d and brought
To wait upon the Lord:
Young Timothy betimes was taught
To know his holy Word.
Then why should I so long delay
What others learnt so soon?
I would not pass another day
Without this work begun.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXVMeter: 126.96.36.199First Line: O 'tis a lovely thing for youthLyrics:
O ‘tis a lovely thing for youth
To walk betimes in wisdom’s way;
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say!
But liars we can never trust,
Though they should speak the thing that’s true;
And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
Have we not known, nor heard, nor read
How God abhors deceit and wrong?
How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue?
So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in, and grew so bold
As to confirm that wicked lie,
Which just before her husband told.
The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but every liar
Must have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire.
Then let me always watch my lips,
Lest I be struck to death and hell,
Since God a book of reckoning keeps
For every lie that children tell.
Publication Date: 1866Author: Isaac WattsHymnal: Divine and Moral Songs #HXVIMeter: 188.8.131.52First Line: Let dogs delight to bark and biteLyrics:
Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God has made them so:
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For ‘tis their nature, too.
But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise:
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other’s eyes.
Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild:
Live like the blessed Virgin’s Son,
That sweet and lovely child.
His soul was gentle as a lamb;
And as his stature grew,
He grew in favour both with man,
And God his Father, too.
Now, Lord of all, he reigns above;
And from his heavenly throne
He sees what children dwell in love,
And marks them for his own.