With lawless lips, unbridled tongue

With lawless lips, unbridled tongue

Author: James Montgomery
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With lawless lips, unbridled tongue,
In language, wanton or profane,
Never, good Lord, from us be wrung
A phrase to take Thy Name in vain.

For every idle word to Thee,
As each must give a strict account,
Well might we tremble, could we see,
Young as we are, the past amount.

Since, not by blasphemy alone,
When sinners curse Thee to Thy face,
A thought, a sign, a look, a tone,
May cast upon Thy Name disgrace.

Thy name they also desecrate,
Who read Thy Word, who pray, and praise,
Yet not on Thee in spirit wait,
Nor honour Thee in all their ways.

Thy Name!--O by our mouth, that word
Be never spoken,--in our heart
Conceived,--or by our ear be heard,
Without remembering who Thou art:--

God, from eternity the same,
For ever blessing, ever blest;
Holy and reverend is Thy Name,
Why is it not by all confest?

Now, fire from heaven, Thy fire of love,
To sanctify our speech be sent,
Till, gather'd to the Church above,
Pure love shall be our element.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: With lawless lips, unbridled tongue
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English