Talk:Against Idleness and Mischief

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Edition: As reprinted in Watts, Isaac. Divine and Moral Songs for Children. New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1866. Page 65.
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Contributor(s): Uploaded by Mkoyle
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Date of origin[edit]

According to a comment on the Isaac Watts page, this poem was part of a set first published in 1715. Perhaps the date 1886 in the header should be changed, as Lewis Carroll parodized this poem prior to that date.

Past/passed[edit]

'Let my first years be past,' surely should be passed unless it's an archaic use I'm unfamiliar with 212.159.44.170 09:46, 17 June 2016 (UTC)

In British literature of the period, it's not uncommon for the past of some verbs to use -t in places we would expect -ed today (e.g. learnt, dreamt), so that's one possibility, but it could also simply mean past, as "in the past" (i.e. "no more"). --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:48, 17 June 2016 (UTC)