Scripture Verse

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. Proverbs 15:2

Introduction

Words: John G. Fleet, The Church Sun­day School Hymn Book (Lon­don: Church Sun­day School In­sti­tute, 1848).

Music: Les­lie H. D. Les­lie, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Les­lie’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Fleet, would you ?

Lyrics

Words are things of little cost,
Quickly spoken, quickly lost;
We forget them, but they stand
Witnesses at God’s right hand,
And their testimony bear
For us or against us there,
For us or against us there.

Oh, how often ours have been
Idle words, and words of sin!
Words of anger, scorn and pride,
Or desire our faults to hide,
Envious tales, or strife unkind,
Leaving bitter thoughts behind,
Leaving bitter thoughts behind.

Grant us, Lord, from day to day,
Strength to watch and grace to pray;
May our lips, from sin set free,
Love to speak and sing of Thee,
Till in Heav’n we learn to raise
Hymns of everlasting praise,
Hymns of everlasting praise.