O ‘tis a lovely thing for youth
To walk betimes in wisdom’s way;
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say!
But liars we can never trust,
Though they should speak the thing that’s true;
And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
Have we not known, nor heard, nor read
How God abhors deceit and wrong?
How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue?
So did his wife Sapphira die,
When she came in, and grew so bold
As to confirm that wicked lie,
Which just before her husband told.
The Lord delights in them that speak
The words of truth; but every liar
Must have his portion in the lake
That burns with brimstone and with fire.
Then let me always watch my lips,
Lest I be struck to death and hell,
Since God a book of reckoning keeps
For every lie that children tell.
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|A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #378||O 'tis a lovely thing to see||Watts||1846|
|A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Church of England Sunday Schools, Bible Classes ... New ed. #d224||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1862|
|Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXV||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts||188.8.131.52||1866|
|Divine Songs: attempted in easy language, for the use of children #15||O' Tis a lovely thing for youth||1802|
|Divine Songs for Children #XV||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Against Lying||English||1827|
|Hymns for Schools and Families #d369||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1853|
|Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #323||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Watts||1859|
|Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d167||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1842|
|Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #244||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||1848|
|Hymns, Selected and Arranged for the Sunday School of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew, Philadelphia #d137||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1833|
|Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d333||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1860|
|One Hundred Progressive Hymns #51||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||1860|
|Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d197||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1843|
|Songs, Divine and Moral #48||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||1844|
|Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #155||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1827|
|The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #424||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||1842|
|The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d299||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1851|
|The Child's Pocket Companion, Being a Selection of Choice Hymns for Sabbath School, with an Analysis to Most of Them #d47||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1831|
|The Infant School and Nursery Hymn Book: being a collection of hymns, original and selected; with an analysis of each, designed to assist mothers and teachers... (3rd ed., rev. and corr.) #56||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1831|
|Union Hymns. Rev. #d297||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1835|
|Union Hymns. Rev. #d302||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1845|
|Watt's Divine Songs For the use of Children #15||O 'tis a lovely thing for youth||1807|