Against Evil Company

Original Text: 
I. Watts, Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of CHILDREN (London: M. Lawrence, 1715), Song XXI, p. 30. See facsimile reproduction, with introduction by J. H. P. Pafford (London: Oxford University Press, 1971), p. 178. PR 3763 W37 A65 1971 Robarts Library.
1Why should I join with those in Play,
2    In whom I've no delight,
3Who curse and swear, but never pray,
4    Who call ill Names, and fight.
5I hate to hear a wanton Song,
6    Their Words offend my Ears:
7I should not dare defile my Tongue
8    With Language such as theirs.
9Away from Fools I'll turn my Eyes,
10    Nor with the Scoffers go;
11I would be walking with the Wise,
12    That wiser I may grow.
13From one rude Boy that's us'd to mock
14    Ten learn the wicked Jest;
15One sickly Sheep infects the Flock,
16    And poysons all the rest.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.