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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: II. For Children
“Let dogs delight to bark and bite”
Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
 
LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
  For God hath made them so;
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
  For ’t is their nature to;
 
But, children, you should never let        5
  Your 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;        10
Live like the blessèd 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        15
  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.        20
 
 
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