The Ten Commandments

I am the Lord–and thou shalt serve
No other gods but me;
Religion true thou shalt observe,
Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Thou shalt not take God’s name in vain,
Nor swear unlawfully;
Things holy thou shalt not profane,
Nor curse irreverently.

Remember that thou sanctify
The holy Sabbath Day,
Work not without necessity,
Hear holy Mass, and pray.

Thy parents honor, serve, and love,
And cheerfully obey;
And servants must obedient prove
When without sin they may.

Thou shalt not kill, nor vengeance take,
Nor hate thy enemy,
Forgive and love for Jesus’ sake
All that have injured thee.

Do not commit adultery,
In thoughts, words, deeds, or looks;
Beware of evil company,
And read not dangerous books.

Thou shalt not steal, nor keep, nor waste,
Nor cheat in any way;
Ill-gotten goods restore in haste;
And lawful debts repay.

False witness thou shalt never bear,
Nor tell a willful lie:
Detraction, if thou canst, repair,
As well as calumny.

Thou shalt not covet neighbour’s wife,
Nor look with lustful eye;
Thou shalt not covet neighbour’s goods,
Nor eye them enviously.

All this dost Thou command, O Lord!
We cheerfully obey;
And look to heaven for our reward
Through all eternity.

The Christian Brothers, The Catholic Youth’s Hymn Book (New York: P. O’Shea, 1871).

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