Thus I Resolved Before The Lord

Thus I resolved before the Lord,
“Now will I watch my tongue,
“Lest I let slip one sinful word,
“Or do my neighbour wrong.”

Whene’er constrained awhile to stay
With men of lives profane,
I’ll set a double guard that day,
Nor let my talk be vain.

I’ll scarce allow my lips to speak
The pious thoughts I feel,
Lest scoffers should th’occasion take
To mock my holy zeal.

Yet if some proper hour appear,
I’ll not be over-aw’d,
But let the scoffing sinners hear
That we can speak for God.