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[MORAL SONG] II. Innocent Play.

1 A Broad in the Meadows to see the young Lambs
2 Run sporting about by the Side of their Dams,
3 With Fleeces so clean and so white;
4 Or a Nest of young Doves in a large open Cage,
5 When they play all in Love, without Anger or Rage,
6 How much may we learn from the Sight?
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7 If we had been Ducks, we might dabble in Mud;
8 Or Dogs, we might play till it ended in Blood;
9 So foul and so fierce are their Natures:
10 But Thomas and William, and such pretty Names,
11 Should be cleanly and harmless as Doves, or as Lambs,
12 Those lovely sweet innocent Creatures.
13 Not a Thing that we do, nor a Word that we say,
14 Should hinder another in Jesting or Play;
15 For he's still in earnest that's hurt:
16 How rude are the Boys that throw Pebbles and Mire!
17 There's none but a Madman will fling about Fire,
18 And tell you, "'Tis all but in Sport."


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Title (in Source Edition): [MORAL SONG] II. Innocent Play.
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. 45-46. 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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