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1 THESE Emmets how little they are in our Eyes?
2 We tread them to Dust, and a Troop of them dies
3 Without our Regard or Concern:
4 Yet, as wise as we are, if we went to their School,
5 There's many a Sluggard, and many a Fool,
6 Some Lessons of Wisdom might learn.
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7 They don't wear their Time out in Sleeping or Play,
8 But gather up Corn in a sun-shiny Day,
9 And for Winter they lay up their Stores:
10 They manage their Work in such regular Forms,
11 One would think they foresaw all the Frosts and the Storms,
12 And so brought their Food within Doors.
13 But I have less Sense than a poor creeping Ant,
14 If I take not due Care for the Things I shall want,
15 Nor provide against Dangers in Time.
16 When Death or old Age shall stare in my Face,
17 What a Wretch shall I be in the End of my Days,
18 If I trifle away all their Prime?
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19 Now, now, while my Strength and my Youth are in Bloom,
20 Let me think what will serve me when Sickness shall come,
21 And pray that my Sins be forgiv'n:
22 Let me read in good Books, and believe, and obey,
23 That when Death turns me out of this Cottage of Clay,
24 I may dwell in a Palace in Heav'n.


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Title (in Source Edition): [MORAL SONG] V. The ANT or EMMET.
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. 49-51. 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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