AGAINST EVIL COMPANY - Isaac Watts Poems

 
 

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AGAINST EVIL COMPANY

Why should I join with those in Play,
    In whom I've no delight,
Who curse and swear, but never pray,
    Who call ill Names, and fight.

I hate to hear a wanton Song,
    Their Words offend my Ears:
I should not dare defile my Tongue
    With Language such as theirs.

Away from Fools I'll turn my Eyes,
    Nor with the Scoffers go;
I would be walking with the Wise,
    That wiser I may grow.

From one rude Boy that's us'd to mock
    Ten learn the wicked Jest;
One sickly Sheep infects the Flock,
    And poysons all the rest.