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First Line: Let dogs delight to bark and bite
Last Line: And marks them for his own.
Variant Title(s): Quarrelling
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Dogs; Quarrels; Childhood; Arguments; Disagreements


LET dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so;
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For 't is their nature to;

But, children, you should never let
Your 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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