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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Let Dogs Delight to Bark and Bite
By Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
 
From ‘Divine and Moral Songs for Children’

LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
  For God hath made them so;
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
  For ’tis 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 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        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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