DO your work bravely and cheerily, boys, 

Whatever the duty may be; 

Work thoroughly done, without bluster or noise, 

Is the kind that's delightful to see.

Then rouse in the morning with never a plea 

For a few minutes longer in bed;

But up! Like the wide-awake boys you should be, 

With so many pets to be fed.

Your chickens have called you, and called you in vain,

To come with their oats and their corn; 

And the roosters proclaimed in their cheeriest strain

That their breakfast-time comes with the morn.

And the little white rabbits, with tender pink eyes,

Look timidly out from their nest; 

I know they are watching for two little boys

To bring them what rabbits love best.

Then up and be stirring! I care not how much 

You whistle and sing at your work;

If you throw your good-will into all that you touch, 

You will never be tempted to "shirk."

So whatever you do, boys, though hard it may be,

Do it cheerily, bravely, and well; 

Then you will be boys most delightful to see, 

And men who will make their deeds tell.