Isaac Watts

(17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748 / Southampton / England)

Against Quarreling And Fighting - Poem by Isaac Watts

Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so:
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature, too.

But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise:
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other's eyes.

Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild:
Live like the blessed Virgin's Son,
That sweet and lovely child.

His soul was gentle as a lamb;
And as his stature grew,
He grew in favor both with man,
And God his Father too.

Now, Lord of all, he reigns above;
And from his heavenly throne
He sees what children dwell in love,
And marks them for his own.


Comments about Against Quarreling And Fighting by Isaac Watts

  • Amar Agarwala (11/18/2016 6:39:00 PM)


    What a wonderful lesson for all children... and with such sweet verses. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/18/2016 3:48:00 PM)


    Words to teach your kids to live by and may I add for us as adults to live by as well. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (11/18/2016 9:03:00 AM)


    Verily, man is created to live a peaceful life (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/18/2016 8:12:00 AM)

    Good one for my colleagues
    My teacher friends, who insist that students 'get worse every year' need this to remind them - kids have always been kids willing to tear each other's eyes out. =: -) They need to be taught, not punished. (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2016 8:11:00 AM)


    Here this poem tells the great things for a worthy life to the children.So interesting. (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2016 7:54:00 AM)


    A great message to children of humanity is given through this superb song of life. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Partha Pratim Goswami (11/18/2016 4:27:00 AM)


    Tranquility has run throughout the poem, A great message conveyed in such simple verse...very beautiful work (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/18/2016 2:45:00 AM)


    From beginning to the end, the poem is a pleasure to read not only for its linguistic and poetic beauty but also for its spiritual and humane message of love. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/18/2016 2:16:00 AM)


    An advice and a superb thought in lucid language...wonderful- 10 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/18/2016 1:07:00 AM)

    Dwell in love
    Peace! ! Gentle as a lamb. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/18/2016 1:06:00 AM)


    Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
    For God hath made them so:
    Let bears and lions growl and fight,
    For 'tis their nature, too.

    But, children, you should never let
    Such angry passions rise:
    Your little hands were never made
    To tear each other's eyes.

    I like these two stanzas... Thanks for sharing...
    (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/18/2016 12:36:00 AM)


    Wonderful theme to write on and its a beautiful rhythmic presentation that delights the reader. x (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2016 12:25:00 AM)

    Against Quarelling and Fighting
    Beautiful, sweet poem, filled with musicality. love and kindness.
    Very soothing to the heart......
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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