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Old John had an apple tree healthy and green

Old John had an apple tree healthy and green
Which bore the best codlins that ever were seen
So juicy so mellow and red
And when they were ripe he disposed of his store
To children or any who pass'd by his door
To buy him a morsel of bread.
Little Dick his next neighbour one often might see
With longing eye viewing this fine apple tree
And wishing a codlin might fall
One day as he stood in the heat of the sun
He began thinking whether he might not take one
And then he look'd over the wall.
And as he again cast his eye on the tree
He said to himself "Oh how nice they would be
So cool and refreshing to day!
The tree is so full and one only I'll take
And John cannot see if I give it a shake
And nobody is in the way.
But stop little boy take your hand from the bough
Remember though John cannot see you just now
And no one to chide you is nigh
There is One who by night just as well as by day
Can see all you do and can hear all you say
From his glorious throne in the sky.
O then little boy come away from the tree
Lest tempted to this wicked act you should be
'Twere better to starve than to steal
For the great GOD who even through darkness can look
Writes down every crime we commit in His book
Nor forgets what we try to conceal..

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