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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Elegies and Epitaphs
Upon Young Mr. Rogers, of Gloucestershire
 
OF 1 gentle Blood, his Parents only Treasure,
Their lasting Sorrow and their vanish’d Pleasure.
Adorn’d with Features, Virtues, Wit, and Grace,
A large Provision for so short a Race:
More mod’rate Gifts might have prolong’d his Date,        5
Too early fitted for a better State:
But, knowing Heav’n his Home, to shun Delay
He leap’d o’er Age, and took the shortest Way.
 
Note 1. Text from the Miscellanies, 1704. [back]
 
 
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