Posts Tagged ‘Behavior’

How Doth the Little Busy Bee

October 7, 2012

Image from American Children’s Periodicals, 1861-1872


How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

How skillfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the 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;
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
Some good account at last.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Jul 15, 1931

The Effect of Example

October 5, 2012

Image from Buddies in the Saddle


John Keble (1792-1866)

We scatter seeds with careless hand,
And dream we ne’er shall see them more;
But for a thousand years
Their fruit appears,
In weeds that mar the land,
Or healthful shore.

The deeds we do, the words we say,
Into still air they seem to fleet,
We count them ever past;
But they shall be last,
In the dread judgment they
And we shall meet.

I charge thee by the years gone by,
For the love’s sake of brethren dear,
Keep thou the one true way,
In work and play,
Lest in that world their cry
Of woe thou hear.

Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Oct 14, 1929