Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Againet Idleness and Mischief by: Isaac Watts

Against Idleness and Mischief
by: Isaac Watts 

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.

In works of labour or of skill
I would be busy too:
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.

In books, or works, or healthful play
Let my first years be past,
That I may give for every day
Some good account at last.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! Very good post! I love your site, it so feminine!

    Thank you for encouraging young ladies to enjoy being ladies!


  2. Hmm, that is very good; thanks for sharing!


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