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Against Idleness and Mischief.

1 HOW doth the little busy Bee
2 Improve each shining Hour,
3 And gather Honey all the Day
4 From ev'ry op'ning Flow'r?
5 How skilfully she builds her Cell!
6 How neat she spreads the Wax!
7 And labours hard to store it well
8 With the sweet Food she makes.
9 In Works of Labour or of Skill,
10 I would be busy too;
11 For Satan finds some Mischief still
12 For idle Hands to do.
13 In Books, or Work, or healthful Play,
14 Let my first Years be past,
15 That I may give for ev'ry Day
16 Some good Account at last.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG XX. Against Idleness and Mischief.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: song

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, p. 29. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A5 f.3516].)

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