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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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.


'Let my first years be past,' surely should be passed unless it's an archaic use I'm unfamiliar with 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)