Our tongues were made to bless the Lord

Our tongues were made to bless the Lord

Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Published in 14 hymnals

Representative Text

Our tongues were made to bless the Lord,
And not speak ill of men:
When others give a railing word,
We must not rail again.

Cross words and angry names require
To be chastised at school;
And he’s in danger of hell–fire
That calls his brother fool.

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But lips that dare be so profane
To mock, and jeer, and scoff
At holy things, or holy men,
The Lord shall cut them off.

When children, in their wanton play,
Served old Elisha so,
And bade the prophet go his way,
‘Go up, thou bald head, go!’

God quickly stopp’d their wicked breath;
And sent two raging bears,
That tore them limb from limb to death,
With blood, and groans, and tears.

Great God! how terrible art thou
To sinners e’er so young:
Grant me thy grace, and teach me how
To tame and rule my tongue.



Source: Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXVIII

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Our tongues were made to bless the Lord
Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXVIII

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Divine Songs for Children #XVIII

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Divine Songs: attempted in easy language, for the use of children #18

Hymns for Schools and Families #d387

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #313

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One Hundred Progressive Hymns #29

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d229

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d207

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Songs, Divine and Moral #100

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Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #156

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The Social and Sabbath School Hymn-Book. (5th ed.) #259

Union Hymns. Rev. #d309

Union Hymns. Rev. #d316

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Watt's Divine Songs For the use of Children #18

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