The Little Chap Who Follows Me

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A careful man I ought to be; 
A little fellow follows me; 
I do not dare to go astray 
For fear he'll go the self-same way.

I must not madly step aside, 
Where pleasure's paths are smooth and wide, 
And join in wine's red revelry-- 
A little fellow follows me.

I cannot once escape his eyes: 
Whate'er he sees me do he tries-- 
Like me, he says, he's going to be; 
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine, 
Believes in every word of mine; 
The base in me he must not see, 
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go, 
Through summer's sun and winter's snow, 
I'm building for the years to be, 
A little fellow follows me.