THERE'S a little mischief-making 

  Elfin, who is ever nigh, 

Thwarting every undertaking, 

And his name is By-and-By.

What we ought to do this minute, 

"Will be better done," he'll cry, 

"If tomorrow we begin it; " 

"Put it off," says By-and-By.

Those who heed his treacherous wooing, 

Will his faithless guidance rue;

What we always put off doing, 

Clearly we shall never do.