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.
Why should I join with those in Play,
In whom I've no delight,
Who curse and swear, but never pray,
Who call ill Names, and fight.
How doth the little busy Bee
Improve each shining Hour,
And gather Honey all the day
From every opening Flower!
What blest examples do I find
Writ in the Word of Truth
Of children that began to mind
Religion in their youth!
Our tongues were made to bless the Lord,
And not speak ill of men:
When others give a railing word,
We must not rail again.
O 'tis a lovely thing for youth
To early walk in wisdom's way;
To fear a lie, to speak the truth,
That we may trust to all they say!
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!
Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber;
Holy angels guard thy bed;
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently falling on thy head.