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1 'TIS the Voice of the Sluggard; I heard him complain.
2 "You have wak'd me too soon, I must slumber again;"
3 As the Door on its Hinges, so he on his Bed,
4 Turns his Sides and his Shoulders and his heavy Head.
5 "A little more Sleep, and a little more Slumber;"
6 Thus he wastes half his Days, and his Hours without Number;
7 And when he gets up he sits folding his Hands,
8 Or walks about saunt'ring, or trifling he stands.
9 I pass'd by his Garden, and saw the wild Brier,
10 The Thorn and the Thistle grow broader and higher;
11 The Cloaths that hang on him are turning to Rags:
12 And his Money still wastes, till he starves or he begs.
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13 I made him a Visit still hoping to find
14 He had took better Care for improving his Mind:
15 He told me his Dreams, talk'd of Eating and Drinking;
16 But he scarce reads his Bible, and never loves Thinking.
17 Said I then to my Heart, "Here's a Lesson for me:"
18 That Man's but a Picture of what I might be:
19 But Thanks to my Friends for their Care in my Breeding,
20 Who taught me betimes to love Working and Reading.


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Title (in Source Edition): [MORAL SONG] I. The SLUGGARD.
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. 44-45. 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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