How doth the little busy bee

How doth the little busy bee

Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Published in 31 hymnals

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How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower!

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How skillfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads the wax!
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes.

In works of labour 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 past,
That I may give for every day
Some good account at last.



Source: Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXX

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How doth the little busy bee
Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Instances

Instances (1 - 31 of 31)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Book of Hymns and Tunes: for the Sunday-School, the Congregation and Home: 2nd ed. #167Page Scan
Children's Primary Hymn Book. 1st ed. #d28
Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXXTextPage Scan
Divine Songs for Children #XXTextPage Scan
Divine Songs: attempted in easy language, for the use of children #20Page Scan
Hymns additional to the Hymns in the Prayer Book: collected for the Sunday-school of their parishes by the rectors of St. Philip's and St. Jude's churches, Philadelphia #228Page Scan
Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d45
Hymns and Songs: Selected from Various Authors for the Primary Associationsof the Children of Zion. 1st ed. #d28
Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d72
Hymns for First-Day Schools #98Page Scan
Hymns for First-Day Schools (Rev. and Enl.) #98Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d204
Hymns for Schools and Families #d52
Hymns for Schools and Families #16Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #346Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #255Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #255Page Scan
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d98
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d89
Linden Harp #d41
Linden Harp: a rare collection of popular melodies adapted to sacred and moral songs, original and selected. Illustrated. Also a manual of... #25aPage Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1370Page Scan
Songs for the Little Ones at Home #d70
Songs, Divine and Moral #88Page Scan
Sunday School Hymn Book #d150
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1370Page Scan
The Cherub: a collection of songs for Sabbath schools and Sabbath evenings #82Page Scan
The Child's Hymn Book #223Page Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #842Page Scan
The Primary Song book #d36
Watt's Divine Songs For the use of Children #20Page Scan



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