Hush thee, hush thee, do not fret thee

It rather depends on where you are coming from. To the Scots he was “The Good Sir James,” a great hero, a commander at the Battle of Bannockburn  and a tight friend to Robert the Bruce.

To the English he was  “the Black Douglas”, a bogeyman of the north; and mothers shushed crying babies with the nursery rhyme:

“Hush thee! Hush thee!
Little pet thee.
Hush thee! Hush thee!
Do not fret thee.
The Black Douglas
Shall not get thee.”

The word “fret” seems to specifically conjure up that frazzled state it’s so easy to work myself up into when I’m not willing to surrender matters to God.  Hush thee, hush thee, do not fret thee. . . especially about the future.

“Do not fret, then, over to-morrow; leave to-morrow to fret over it’s own needs; for to-day, to-day’s troubles are enough.”

Matthew 5:34 (Knox)

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1 Comment »

  1. Janet said

    Boy, I need to remember this…. I can find myself fretting just by trying to do our bookkeeping! Thanks, Katie

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