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Against Quarreling And Fighting
(17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748 / Southampton / England)

Against Quarreling And Fighting

Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so:
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 'tis their nature, too.

But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise:
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other's eyes.

Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild:
Live like the blessed Virgin's Son,
That sweet and lovely child.

His soul was gentle as a lamb;
And as his stature grew,
He grew in favor both with man,
And God his Father too.

Now, Lord of all, he reigns above;
And from his heavenly throne
He sees what children dwell in love,
And marks them for his own.

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Meditation in the grove—- I can’t find the words. Can you
Good lessons to nurture a human being
Good lessons to nurture a human being from the innocent children.
What a wonderful lesson for all children... and with such sweet verses.
Words to teach your kids to live by and may I add for us as adults to live by as well.
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