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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
“How doth the little busy bee”
Isaac Watts (1674–1748)
HOW doth the little busy bee
  Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
  From every opening flower.
How skilfully 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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