Too Early by Gordon Winch


Early to bed

and early to rise

makes a man healthy,

wealthy and wise.


Birds prosper too,

if they’re quick out of bed;

It’s the earliest bird who is the best fed.


But think of the worms

on which birds dine and sup.

They’d be much better off if they didn’t get up.


Source:  Beetle Soup: Australian Stories and Poems for Children compiled by Robin Morrow (Scholastic Australia, 1996)


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