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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
How Doth the Little Busy Bee
By Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
 
From ‘Divine and Moral Songs for Children’

HOW doth the little busy bee
  Improve each shinging hour,
And gather honey all the day
  From every opening flower.
 
How skillfully she builds her cell;        5
  How neat she spreads her wax,
And labors hard to store it well
  With the sweet food she makes.
 
In works of labor or of skill,
  I would be busy too;        10
For Satan finds some mischief still
  For idle hands to do.
 
In books, or work, or healthful play,
  Let my first years be passed;
That I may give for every day        15
  Some good account at last.
 
 
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