Angels, that high in glory dwell,
Adore thy Name, Almighty God!
And devils tremble down in hell,
Beneath the terrors of thy rod.
And yet how wicked children dare
Abuse thy dreadful, glorious Name!
And when they’re angry, how they swear,
And curse their fellows, and blaspheme!
How will they stand before thy face,
Who treated thee with such disdain,
While thou shalt doom them to the place
Of everlasting fire and pain?
Then never shall one cooling drop
To quench their burning tongues be given;
But I will praise thee here, and hope
Thus to employ my tongue in heaven.
My heart shall be in pain to hear
Wretches affront the Lord above:
’Tis that great God whose power I fear,
That heavenly Father whom I love.
If my companions grow profane,
I’ll leave their friendship when I hear
Young sinners take thy Name in vain,
And learn to curse, and learn to swear.
Angels that high in glory dwell. I. Watts. [Against Swearing, &c]. First published in his Divine Songs for Children, 1715, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled “Against swearing and cursing, and taking God's name in vain." Its modern use is limited, and in the Methodist Free Church Sunday School Hymn Book, No. 228, it is slightly altered.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)