James McAuley

Work To-Day

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Youth's the time; Youth's the season!
Learn and labor while you may,
Hear the voice of age and reason,--
Work to-day.

Labor hard in morning's prime,
Hasten on without delay,
Make the most of early time--
Work to-day.

Up betimes, nor let the sun
Find you sleeping or at play,
Sleep enough when life is done--
Work to-day.

Cull the sweets from ev'ry flower,
Seize the moments while you may,
Nor idly pass one sunny hour--
Work to-day.

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