Posts Tagged ‘Idleness’

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

Man is Like a Snow-Ball

May 31, 2012

Man is like a snow-ball:

Leave him lying in idleness against the sunny face of prosperity, and all the good that is in him melts like fresh butter in the dog-days; but kick him round, and he gathers strength at every revolution.

To make a figure in the world, you much keep moving.

The Mountain Democrat (Placerville, California) Jul 29, 1854