Do no sinful action

Do no sinful action

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
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1. Do no sinful action,
Speak no angry word;
Ye belong to Jesus,
Children of the Lord.

2. Christ is kind and gentle,
Christ is pure and true;
And His little children
Must be holy, too.

3. There’s a wicked spirit
Watching round you still,
And he tries to tempt you
To all harm and ill.

4. But ye must not hear him,
Though ’tis hard for you
To resist the evil,
And the good to do.

5. For ye promised truly,
In your infant days,
To renounce him wholly,
And forsake his ways.

6. Ye are newborn Christians,
Ye must learn to fight
With the bad within you,
And to do the right.

7. Christ is your own Master,
He is good and true,
And His little children
Must be holy, too.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1247

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: Do no sinful action
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Refrain First Line: Christ is kind and gentle


Do no sinful action. C. F. Alexander, nee Humphreys. [Children to be Christ-like.] Appeared in her Hymns for Little Children, 1848, No. 5, on "The first promise. To renounce the devil and all his works," in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in Mrs. Brock's Children’s Hymn Book, No. 232, Common Praise, and others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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