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At twelve years old he talk'd with men,
(The Jews all wondering stand,) Yet he obey'd his mother then,
And came at her command. Children a sweet hosanna sung,
And bless'd their Saviour's name; They gave him honour with their
tongue, While scribes and priests blaspheme. Samuel the child was wean'd, and
To know his holy word.
What others learnt so soon?
Without this work begun.
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day
From ev'ry op’ning flower! How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax! And labour's hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.
In works of labour or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For idle hands to do.
Let my first years be past;
Some good account at last.
19. Against Evil Company. 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?
Their words offend my ears ;
With language such as theirs.
Nor with the scoffers go;
That wiser I may grow.
They learn the wicked jest ; One sickly sheep infects the flock,
And poisons all the rest.
My God, I hate to walk or dwell
With sinful children here; Then let me not be sent to hell,
Where none but sinners are.
Ler children that would fear the Lord
Hear what their teachers say; With rev’rence meet their parent's word
And with delight obey.
Have you not heard what dreadful
plagues Are threatened by the Lord, To him that breaks his father's law,
Or mocks his mother's word?
How cursed is his name!
And eagles eat the same.
Their parents honour due, Here on this earth they long shall live,
And live hereafter too.
21. Against Scoffing and calling Names. Our tongues were made to bless the
We must not rail again.
To be chastis'd at school ; And he's in danger of hell-fire
That calls his brother fool.