1 School is begun, so come every one,
And come with smiling faces;
For happy are they who learn when they may,
So come and take your places.
2 Here you will find your teachers are kind,
And with their help succeeding,
The older you grow, the more you will know,
And soon you'll love your reading.
3 Little boys, when you grow to be men,
And fill some useful station,
If you should once be found out as a dunce,
O think of your vexation.
4 Little girls, too, a lesson for you,
To learn is now your duty;
Or no one will deem you worthy esteem,
Whate'er your youth or beauty.
Source: The Little Minstrel: a collection of songs and music, with lessons of instruction, mathematically arranged plan of notation #125b