Psalm 141 [My God, Accept My Early Vows] by Isaac Watts

Psalm 141. 2-5
Watchfulness, and brotherly reproof.
A morning or evening psalm.

My God, accept my early vows,
Like morning incense in thine house,
And let my nightly worship rise
Sweet as the evening sacrifice.

Watch o’er my lips, and guard them, Lord,
From every rash and heedless word;
Nor let my feet incline to tread
The guilty path where sinners lead.

O may the righteous, when I stray,
Smite, and reprove my wandering way!
Their gentle words, like ointment shed,
Shall never bruise, but cheer my head.

When I behold them prest with grief,
I’ll cry to heaven for their relief;
And by my warm petitions prove
how much I prize their faithful love.

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