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Q: Words to the hymn "How doth the busy bee." ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Words to the hymn "How doth the busy bee."
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
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Posted: 04 Sep 2003 06:06 PDT
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Question ID: 252123
There is a hymn from the Victorian era called "How doth the busy bee."
The line continues with "improve each shining hour." I'm looking for
the complete text of the verse.
Subject: Re: Words to the hymn "How doth the busy bee."
Answered By: mvguy-ga on 04 Sep 2003 06:35 PDT
How doth the little busy bee
  Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
  From every opening flower!

The song was written by Isaac Watts.


John Bartlett (1820?1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.

A more complete version of Watts' work can be found on these pages:

Children's Poems 1

The Poems in Alice in Wonderland

Best wishes,


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