’Tis the voice of the Sluggard: I heard him complain,
‘You have waked me too soon! I must slumber again!’
As the door on its hinges, so he on his bed
Turns his sides, and his shoulders, and his heavy head.
‘A little more sleep, and a little more slumber!’
Thus he wastes half his days and his hours without number;
And when he gets up he sits folding his hands,
Or walks about sauntering, or trifling he stands.
I passed by his garden, and saw the wild brier,
The thorn, and the thistle grow broader and higher:
The clothes that hang on him are turning to rags;
And his money still wastes, till he starves or he begs.
I made him a visit, still hoping to find
He had took better care for improving his mind:
He told me his dreams, talk’d of eating and drinking;
But he scarce reads his Bible, and never loves thinking.
Said I then to my heart, ‘Here’s a lesson for me!
That man’s but a picture of what I might be;
But thanks to my friends for their care in my breeding,
Who have taught me betimes to love working and reading!’
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #SI||'Tis the voice of the Sluggard: I heard him complain||'Tis the voice of the Sluggard: I heard him complain||Isaac Watts||12,12,12,12||1866|
|Divine Songs: attempted in easy language, for the use of children #M1||Tis the voice of the Sluggard||Tis the voice of the Sluggard||1802|
|Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d244||'Tis the voice of the sluggard||'Tis the voice of the sluggard||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1840|
|Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d225||'Tis the voice of the sluggard||'Tis the voice of the sluggard||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1826|
|Songs, Divine and Moral #142||'Tis the voice of a sluggard; I heard him complain||'Tis the voice of a sluggard; I heard him complain||1844|