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How doth the little Busy Bee


Isaac Watts

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From ev'ry open flow'r ?

How skillfully she builds her cell.
How neat she spreads her 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 healthy play
Let my first years be passed,
That I may give for ev'ry day
Some good account at last.


Isaac Watts
(1674 - 1748)

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