Scripture Verse

Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Ex­hor­ta­tions to peace and ho­li­ness.

Music: Ro­ches­ter (Hold­royd) Is­ra­el Hold­royd, 1722 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hold­royd (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Come, child­ren, learn to fear the Lord
And that your days be long,
Let not a false or spite­ful word
Be found upon your tongue.

Depart from mis­chief, prac­tice love,
Pursue the works of peace;
So shall the Lord your ways ap­prove,
And set your souls at ease.

His eyes awake to guard the just,
His ears at­tend their cry;
When brok­en spir­its dwell in dust,
The God of grace is nigh.

What though the sor­rows here they taste
Are sharp and te­di­ous too,
The Lord, who saves them all at last,
Is their sup­port­er now.

Evil shall smite the wick­ed dead;
But God se­cures His own,
Prevents the mis­chief when they slide,
Or heals the brok­en bone.

When de­so­la­tion, like a flood,
O’er the proud sin­ner rolls,
Saints find a re­fuge in their God,
For He re­deemed their souls.