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Song 2.

Innocent play.

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Abroad in the meadows, to see the young lambs

Run sporting about by the side of their dams,

With fleeces so clean and so white;

Or a nest of young doves in a large open cage,

When they play all in love, without anger or rage,

How much may we learn from the sight.

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If we had been ducks, we might dabble in mud;

Or dogs, we might play till it ended in blood:

So foul and so fierce are their natures;

But Thomas and William, and such pretty names,

Should be cleanly and harmless as doves or as lambs,

Those lovely sweet innocent creatures.

Not a thing that we do, nor a word that we say,

Should injure another in jesting or play;

For he’s still in earnest that’s hurt:

How rude are the boys that throw pebbles and more;

There’s none but a madman will fling about fire,

And tell you, “‘Tis all but in sport.”

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