1 Take not God’s holy name in vain,
Who ruleth earth, and sea and air,
He gives us life, and home and friends,
Rich blessings that his love declare;
Upon your lips in reverent tone,
Let his great name in honor rest,
The Lord who rules and governs all,
Whose might and pow’r his love attests.
2 Take not His holy name in vain,
He will not hold thee guiltless still,
If words profane, your lips shall speak,
And with dark echoes home shall fill;
He is your God, the mighty Lord,
To whom all worship may be giv’n,
He holds the waters in his hand,
And guides the shining stars of heav’n.
3 In that high home of peace and rest,
Where seraphs execute His will,
They veil their faces as they bow,
Obedient duties to fulfill;
And shall the children of the earth,
Speak ever lightly his great name?
Forbid it Lord, and from each heart,
Thy right of love and rev’rence claim.