Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1791)/Silence

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Before thy betters with suspense,
Into thyself withdraw
Silence denotes superior sense,
And shews superior awe.

5Keep blessing still within thy heart,
In meditation meek;
Thus thou'rt prepar'd to act thy part.
When urg'd at length to speak.

When words break forth not duly weigh'd
10From out the babbler's tongue,
Full many a mournful mischief's made,
Full many a conscience stung.

Then pray with David, that the Lord
Wou'd keep himself the door;
15And all things from thy lips award,[1]
That make thy brother sore.[2]

But if there be a point to praise
Some godly deed of price,
With all thy might thy plaudits raise,
Here silence were a vice.


  1. 15. award = ward off.
  2. 13—16. Psalms 141:3: "Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips".

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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