Kids seen on a bench this afternoon.

  • Posted Nov. 2, 2009 by Soulcurry Viewed 333 times

Children, you are very little,
And your bones are very brittle;
If you would grow great and stately,
You must try to walk sedately.

You must still be bright and quiet,
And content with simple diet;
And remain, through all bewild'ring,
Innocent and honest children.

Happy hearts and happy faces,
Happy play in grassy places–
That was how in ancient ages,
Children grew to kings and sages.

But the unkind and the unruly,
And the sort who eat unduly,
They must never hope for glory–
Theirs is quite a different story!

Cruel children, crying babies,
All grow up as geese and gabies,
Hated, as their age increases,
By their nephews and their nieces.


Robert Louis Stevenson

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    • # Megaera

      The nicest child I ever knew
      Was Charles Augustus Fortescue.
      He never lost his cap, or tore
      His stockings or his pinafore:
      In eating Bread he made no Crumbs,
      He was extremely fond of sums,

      To which, however, he preferred
      The Parsing of a Latin Word--
      He sought, when it was within his power,
      For information twice an hour,

      And as for finding Mutton-Fat
      Unappatising, far from that!
      He often, at his Father's Board,
      Would beg them, of his own accord,

      To give him, if they did not mind,
      The Greasiest Morsels they could find--
      His Later Years did not belie
      The Promise of his Infancy.
      In Public Life he always tried
      To take a judgement Broad and Wide;

      In Private, none was more than he
      Renowned for quiet courtesy.
      He rose at once in his Career,
      And long before hus Fortieth Year

      Had wedded Fifi, Only Child
      Of Bunyan, First Lord Aberfylde.
      He thus became immensely Rich,
      And built the Splendid Mansion which

      Is called The Cedars, Muswell Hill,
      Where he resides in affluence still,
      To show what everybody might
      Become by SIMPLY DOING RIGHT.

      Couldn't resist :)

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