Punctuality

Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1845

PUNCTUALITY

MAN naturally loves delay,

And to procrastinate;

Business put off from day to day

Is always done too late.

Let every hour be in its place

Firm fixed, nor loosely shift,

And well enjoy the vacant space,

As though a birthday gift.

And when the hour arrives, be there,

Where’er that "there" may be;

Uncleanly hands or ruffled hair

Let no one ever see.

If dinner at "half-past" be placed,

At "half-past" then be dressed.

If at a "quarter-past" make haste

To be down with the rest.

Better to be before your time,

Than e’er to be behind;

To ope the door while strikes the chime,

That shows a punctual mind.

Moral

Let punctuality and care

Seize every flitting hour,

So shalt thou cull a floweret fair,

E’en from a fading flower.

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