When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock, And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens, And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best, With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock.

James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916

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The marks of the sluggard or idler are

(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;

(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;

(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;

(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;

(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;

(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;

(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;

(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.

 

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"

foto – frost in raleigh front paddock

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