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[MORAL SONG] VI. Good Resolutions.

I.
1 THO' I am now in younger Days,
2 Nor can tell what shall befall me,
3 I'll prepare for ev'ry Place
4 Where my growing Age shall call me.
II.
5 Should I e'er be Rich or Great,
6 Others shall partake my Goodness;
7 I'll supply the Poor with Meat,
8 Never shewing Scorn or Rudeness.
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III.
9 Where I see the Blind or Lame,
10 Deaf or Dumb, I'll kindly treat them;
11 I deserve to feel the same
12 If I mock, or hurt, or cheat them.
IV.
13 If I meet with railing Tongues,
14 Why should I return them Railing,
15 Since I best revenge my Wrongs
16 By my Patience never failing?
V.
17 When I hear them telling Lies,
18 Talking foolish, Cursing, Swearing;
19 First I'll try to make them wise,
20 Or I'll soon go out of hearing.
VI.
21 What tho' I be low and mean,
22 I'll engage the Rich to love me,
23 While I'm modest, neat and clean,
24 And submit when they reprove me.
VII.
25 If I should be poor and sick,
26 I shall meet, I hope, with Pity,
27 Since I love to help the Weak,
28 Tho' they're neither fair nor witty.
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VIII.
29 I'll not willingly offend,
30 Nor be easily offended;
31 What's amiss I'll strive to mend,
32 And endure what can't be mended.
IX.
33 May I be so watchful still
34 O'er my Humours and my Passion,
35 As to speak and do no Ill,
36 Tho' it should be all the Fashion.
X.
37 Wicked Fashions lead to Hell;
38 Ne'er may I be found complying;
39 But in Life behave so well,
40 Not to be afraid of dying.

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Title (in Source Edition): [MORAL SONG] VI. Good Resolutions.
Author: Isaac Watts
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Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, pp. 51-53. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000)

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