Teach Me O God That I May Know


Teach me, O God, that I may know,
Who sorrow hath and who hath woe,
They linger long about the vine,
And drink to shame in lusty wine.

Refrain:
Touch not the wine, touch not the wine,
Help me, O Christ, Thou Master mine,
Lest I should fall and fail of Thee,
From love of wine keep Thou me free.

Look not on wine, when it is red,
Its flush doth hide the adder’s head;
When in the cup it moves aright,
There lingers still the serpent’s bite. [Refrain]

Astray I walk, be Thou my guide,
Temptation throngs on ev’ry side,
And when it lurks within the bowl,
Alike it stings both heart and soul. [Refrain]

For who hath sorrow, who hath woe?
Teach me, O God, that I may know;
They linger long about the vine,
And drink to shame in lusty wine. [Refrain]