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Against Lying.

1 O 'Tis a lovely Thing for Youth
2 To walk betimes in Wisdom's Way;
3 To fear a Lie, to speak the Truth,
4 That we may trust to all they say.
5 But Liars we can never trust,
6 Tho' they should speak the Thing that's true;
7 And he that does one Fault at first,
8 And lies to hide it, makes it two.
9 Have we not known, nor heard, nor read,
10 How GOD abhors Deceit and Wrong?
11 How Ananias was struck dead,
12 Catch'd with a Lie upon his Tongue?
13 So did his Wife Sapphira die,
14 When she came in, and grew so bold
15 As to confirm that wicked Lie
16 That just before her Husband told.
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17 The LORD delights in them that speak
18 The Words of Truth; but ev'ry Liar
19 Must have his Portion in the Lake
20 That burns with Brimstone and with Fire.
21 Then let me always watch my Lips,
22 Lest I be struck to Death and Hell,
23 Since GOD a Book of Reck'ning keeps
24 For ev'ry Lie that Children tell.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG XV. Against Lying.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: song

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, pp. 22-23. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A5 f.3516].)

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