1. Let not the weight of slumber
Thy heavy eyes encumber;
But as a roe outwit the hunter’s eyes:
Or, as a soaring sparrow,
Avoid the hunter’s arrow;
Study the ant, thou sluggard and be wise.
2. Consider her and heed her,
Which hath no guide or leader;
And yet in summer hath a bounteous feast.
O sluggard, from thy sleeping
Will come an hour of weeping.
Arise the sun is golden in the east.
3. O, yet a little slumber,
When heavy eyes encumber;
A little folding of the hands to sleep!
And thou shalt on the morrow
Reap poverty and sorrow;
And Want, an armed man, on thee will creep.
Author: Wilson MacDonald (Proverbs 6:4-11)
Composer: Nova Scotian folksong
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