Isaac Watts Poems
- Against Idleness And Mischief How doth the little busy Bee ...
- Love Between Brothers And Sist... Whatever brawls disturb the...
- Against Evil Company Why should I join with those in Play, ...
- Against Lying O 'tis a lovely thing for youth To early walk ...
- Whatever Brawls Disturb The St... Once there was a little ...
- How Doth The Little Busy Bee How doth the little busy ...
- Against Quarreling And Fightin... Let dogs delight to bark and ...
Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
Born in Southampton, England, in 1674, Watts was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist — his father, also Isaac Watts, had been incarcerated twice for his controversial views. At King Edward VI School (where one of the houses is now named "Watts" in his honour), Watts learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew. From an early age, Watts displayed a ... more »
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Against Idleness And Mischief
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!
How neat she spreads the Wax!
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet Food she makes.
In Works of Labour or of Skill
I would be busy too:
For Satan finds some Mischief still
For idle Hands to do.
In Books, or Work, or healthful Play
Let my first Years be past,
That I may give for every Day
Some good Account at last.