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C. M.

Watchfulness over the tongue; or Prudence and zeal.

Thus I resolved before the Lord,-

"Now will I watch my tongue;

Lest I let slip one sinful word,

Or do my neighbor wrong."

And if I'm e'er constrained 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 overawed,

But let the scoffing sinners hear

That I can speak for God.

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