The Ten Commandments as rhymed in McGuffey’s Reader used in early American homes and schools for generations:


1.       Thou no gods shalt have but me.

2.       Before no idol bend the knee.

3.       Take not the name of God in vain.

4.       Dare not the Sabbath day profane.

5.       Give to thy parents honour due.

6.       Take heed that thou no murder do.

7.       Abstain from words and deeds unclean.

8.       Steal not, for thou by God art seen.

9.       Tell not a wilful lie, nor love it.

10.   What is thy neighbour’s do not covet.








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