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Against Evil Company.

1 WHY should I join with those in Play,
2 In whom I've no Delight;
3 Who curse and swear, but never pray;
4 Who call ill Names and fight?
5 I hate to hear a wanton Song;
6 Their Words offend mine Ears;
7 I should not dare defile my Tongue
8 With Language such as theirs.
9 Away from Fools I'll turn mine Eyes;
10 Nor with the Scoffers go;
11 I would be walking with the Wise,
12 That wiser I may grow.
13 From one rude Boy that's us'd to mock,
14 They learn the wicked Jest:
15 One sickly Sheep infects the Flock,
16 And poisons all the rest.
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17 My God, I hate to walk, or dwell
18 With sinful Children here;
19 Then let me not be sent to Hell,
20 Where none but Sinners are.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG XXI. Against Evil Company.
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, pp. 30-31. 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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