Scripture Verse

Keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart. Proverbs 6:20–21


Words: Lauch­lan M. Watt, The Tryst: A Book of the Soul (Hod­der & Stough­ton, 1907).

Music: St. Quin­tin ar­ranged from Hen­ry Parr, 1834 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Parr (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lauchlan M. Watt


I bind my heart this tide
To the Galilean’s side,
To the wounds of Calvary,
To the Christ who died for me.

I bind my soul this day
To the brother far away,
And the brother near at hand,
In this town, and in this land.

I bind my heart to thrall
To the God, the Lord of all,
To the God, the poor man’s Friend,
And the Christ whom He did send.

I bind myself to peace,
To make strife and envy cease,
God, knit Thou sure the cord
Of my thralldom to my Lord!