Touch Not, Nor Taste

Representative Text

1 Say, who hath sorrow, contentious and woe?
They where the wine-cup is flowing, who go.
Look not upon it, a serpent its head,
Hides in the glow of the glittering red.

Touch not, nor taste, touch not, nor taste;
Oh, from the adder that stingeth you, haste!
Tarry nor stay, tarry nor stay,
There when a serpent but hides to betray.

2 Say, who is spirit are wounded, in pain?
They who go seeking the wine-cup again;
Tarrying long till the sparkle is past,
Lo, it shall sting like an adder at last. [Refrain]

3 Say, who is stricken until he must be
Like as one toss'd in the midst of the sea?
They who are beaten and sickened and sore,
They who have fallen the wine-cup before. [Refrain]

4 What shall we tell them, oh, what can we say?
How can we turn them from sinning away.
Lovingly give them the brotherly hand,
Tenderly helping the fallen to stand. [Refrain]

Source: Light and Life: a collection of new hymns and tunes for sunday schools, prayer meetings, praise meetings and revival meetings #150

Author: Mrs. M. B. C. Slade

Mary Bridges Canady Slade USA 1826-1882. Born in Fall River, MA, she was well-educated and became a minister's wife, teacher, and poet. She was assistant editor of The New England Journal of Education. She also authored hymns, Sunday school materials and books on education, primarily used for training teachers. She authored a children's magazine, “Wide-awake”. She and her husband were active in the underground railroad (helping slaves achieve their freedom). She spent her whole life living in the same town. John Perry  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Say, who hath sorrow, contentions and woe?
Title: Touch Not, Nor Taste
Author: Mrs. M. B. C. Slade
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Touch not, nor taste, touch not, nor taste
Copyright: Public Domain



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