Why should I deprive my neighbour
Of his goods against his will?
Hands were made for honest labour,
Not to plunder, or to steal.
’Tis a foolish self–deceiving
By such tricks to hope for gain:
All that’s ever got by thieving
Turns to sorrow, shame, and pain.
Have not Eve and Adam taught us
Their sad profit to compute,
To what dismal state they brought us
When they stole forbidden fruit?
Oft we see a young beginner
Practice little pilfering ways,
Till grown up a harden’d sinner,
Then the gallows ends his days.
Theft will not be always hidden,
Though we fancy none can spy:
When we take a thing forbidden,
God beholds it with his eye.
Guard my heart, O God of heaven,
Lest I covet what’s not mine;
Lest I steal what is not given,
Guard my heart and hands from sin.
Divine and Moral Songs, 1866
|Instances (1 - 6 of 6)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #SIV||Why should I deprive my neighbour||Why should I deprive my neighbour||Isaac Watts||8,7,8,7||1866|
|Divine Songs: attempted in easy language, for the use of children #M4||Why should I deprive my neighbor||1802|
|Hymns additional to the Hymns in the Prayer Book: collected for the Sunday-school of their parishes by the rectors of St. Philip's and St. Jude's churches, Philadelphia #232||Why should I deprive my neighbour||1850|
|Hymns for Schools and Families #d569||Why should I deprive my neighbor||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1853|
|Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #322||Why should I deprive my neighbor||Watts||1859|
|Songs, Divine and Moral #150||Why should I deprive my neighbour||1844|