4408. My God, Accept My Early Vows

1. My God, accept my early vows,
Like morning incense in Thine house;
And let my nightly worship rise
Sweet as the evening sacrifice.

2. Watch o’er my lips, and guard them, Lord,
From every rash and heedless word;
Nor let my feet incline to tread
The guilty path where sinners lead.

3. O may the righteous, when I stray,
Smite, and reprove my wandering way!
Their gentle words, like ointment shed,
Shall never bruise, but cheer my head.

4. When I behold them pressed with grief,
I’ll cry to Heav’n for their relief;
And by my warm petitions prove
How much I prize their faithful love.

Text Information
First Line: My God, accept my early vows
Title: My God, Accept My Early Vows
Author: Isaac Watts (1719)
Meter: 88.888
Language: English
Source: The Psalms of David, 1719
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: GROSTETTE, Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
Tune Information
Composer: Anonymous (before 1875)
Meter: 88.888
Incipit: 15321 71176 25176
Key: B♭ Major
Source: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1874), page 16 (repeats last line of each verse)
Copyright: Public Domain

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