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First Line: Whenever I am playing, and I want to rest a bit
Last Line: And rest as hard as possible to last me through the day.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Rest; Childhood


Whenever I am playing, and I want to rest a bit,
I can't lie down a minute, or even stop to sit,
But I hear a Grown-up say,
"You're tired out at play!
Come! Lay aside your little toys,—they'll do another day."

And so I have decided that I really can't afford
To have 'em find me resting of my very own accord,
'Cause some one comes along
Who says "You are not strong,—
You had n't oughta play so hard, it certainly is wrong."

That's why I keep a-skipping and a-running in and out
Until I'm really certain that no Grown-ups are about;
And then I slip away
Just a minute from my play,
And rest as hard as possible to last me through the day.





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