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HOURS OF IDLENESS.

13.

Still, harmless are these occupations,[1]
That hurt none but the hapless student,
Compar'd with other recreations,
Which bring together the imprudent;


14.

Whose daring revels shock the sight,
When vice and infamy combine,
When Drunkenness and dice invite,[2]
As every sense is steep'd in wine.


15.

Not so the methodistic crew,
Who plans of reformation lay:
In humble attitude they sue,
And for the sins of others pray:


16.

Forgetting that their pride of spirit,
Their exultation in their trial,[3]
Detracts most largely from the merit
Of all their boasted self-denial.


  1. But harmless are these occupations
    Which.—[4to]
  2. When Drunkenness and dice unite.
    And every sense.—[4to. P. on V. Occasions.]
  3. And exultation.—[4to]