A little theft, a small deceit,
Too often leads to more;
‘Tis hard at first, but tempts the feet
As through an open door.
Just as the broadest rivers run
From small and distant springs,
The greatest crimes that men have done,
Have grown from little things.
The above poem is called temptation in the book where I found it. I looked it up online to try and identify an author, and saw it is called The Beginning of Vice elsehwere, and ‘Beware,’ in another book. My book has lost its title. It belonged to a great-great-grandfather and entertained, it seems generations of children until it fell apart and the remains were professionally rebound. But the only title is Children’s Story Book, and I am not sure if that was the original or just what the binder was left to title it, since no title page or cover remained. The illustration is also from this book.