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1 SAY, little child, who gives to thee
2 Thy life and limbs, so light and free?
3 Thy moving eyes to look around,
4 Thy ears to catch the softest sound?
5 Thy food and clothing, friends and home?
6 'Tis God from whom those blessings come;
7 And what shouldst thou do? canst thou guess?
8 To prove to Him thy thankfulness
9 For life and friends, for clothes and food?
10 "Be good."
11 And tell me, little-one, I pray,
12 Who gives thee pleasure in thy play?
13 Who makes the happy girl and boy
14 To run, and leap, and shout for joy,
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15 When looking on the clear blue sky;
16 The clouds, that float, the birds that fly;
17 Trees, flowers, and every pretty thing?
18 'Tis God from whom those blessings spring;
19 And in return what shouldst thou do?
20 "Be good, and love Him too."


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Title (in Source Edition): A NURSERY LESSON (DEVOTIONAL).
Genres: admonition

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Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of “Dramas on the Passions,“ etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, pp. 208-209.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [40.17].)

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