Moderation

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Hymn IX. Moderation  (1771) 
by Christopher Smart
From the Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).
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                     HYMN IX.                     

MODERATION.


Tho' I my party long have chose,
       And claim Christ Jesus on my side,
Yet will I not my peace oppose,
       By pique, by prejudice, or pride.

5Blessed be God, that, at the font,
       My sponsors bound me to the call
Of Christ in England to confront
       The world, the flesh, the fiend and all.

And yet I will my thoughts suppress,
10       And keep my tongue from censure clear;
The Jew, the Turk, the Heathen bless,
       And hold the plough and persevere.

There's God in ev'ry man most sure,
       And ev'ry soul's to Christ allied;
15If fears deject, if hopes allure,
       If Jesus wept, and pray'd, and died.


1771


Notes

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.