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1 WHY should I deprive my Neighbour
2 Of his Goods against his Will?
3 Hands were made for honest Labour,
4 Not to plunder or to steal.
5 'Tis a foolish Self-deceiving
6 By such Tricks to hope for Gain:
7 All that's ever got by Thieving
8 Turns to Sorrow, Shame, and Pain.
9 Have not Eve and Adam taught us
10 Their sad Profit to compute?
11 To what dismal State they brought us
12 When they stole forbidden Fruit?
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13 Oft we see a young Beginner
14 Practise little pilf'ring Ways,
15 Till grown up a harden'd Sinner;
16 Then the Gallows ends his Days.
17 Theft will not be always hidden,
18 Tho' we fancy none can spy:
19 When we take a Thing forbidden,
20 GOD beholds it with his Eye.
21 Guard my Heart, O GOD of Heav'n,
22 Lest I covet what's not mine:
23 Lest I steal what is not giv'n,
24 Guard my Heart and Hands from Sin.


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Title (in Source Edition): [MORAL SONG] IV. The THIEF.
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. 48-49. 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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