Guard, My Child, Thy Tongue

Guard, my child, thy tongue

Author: Anonymous
Published in 21 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Guard, my child, thy tongue
That it speak no wrong;
Let no evil word pass o'er it;
Set the watch of truth before it
That it speak no wrong.
Guard, my child, thy tongue.

2 Guard, my child, thine eyes;
Prying is not wise.
Let them look on what is right,
From all evil turn their sight;
Prying is not wise.
Guard, my child, thine eyes.

3 Guard, my child, thine ear;
Wicked words will sear.
Let no evil words come in
That may cause the soul to sin;
Wicked words will sear.
Guard, my child, thine ear.

4 Ear and eye and tongue
Guard while thou art young.
For, alas! these busy three
Can unruly members be;
Guard while thou art young
Ears and eyes and tongue.

Source: The Children's Hymnbook #155

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Guard, my child, thy tongue
Title: Guard, My Child, Thy Tongue
Author: Anonymous
Source: 13th Century
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 21 of 21)
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Garnered Gems #163

Goodly Pearls for the Sunday School #d37

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Infant Praises #91

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Junior Praises #7

Let Youth Praise Him #d37

Let Youth Praise Him. 2nd ed. #d28

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Little Pilgrim Songs #59

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Melodies for Little People #49

Pure Diamonds #d30

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Songs for Children #102

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Songs for Little Folks #97

Songs of Love for the Bible School #d41

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Sparkling Rubies #115

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Sunday School Hymnal #181

The Children's Hymnal and Service Book #d53


The Children's Hymnbook #155

The Fountain of Song #d27

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The Primary and Junior Hymnal #110

The Primary Sunday School Hymnal #d54

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The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #189

Treasure Songs for Schools and Churches #d75

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