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Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618).  Poems.  1892.
Farewell to the Court; before 1593
LIKE truthless dreams, so are my joys expired,
  And past return are all my dandled days,
My love misled, and fancy quite retired;
  Of all which past, the sorrow only stays.
My lost delights, now clean from sight of land,        5
  Have left me all alone in unknown ways,
My mind to woe, my life in fortune’s hand;
  Of all which past, the sorrow only stays.
As in a country strange without companion,
  I only wail the wrong of death’s delays,        10
Whose sweet spring spent, whose summer well nigh done;
  Of all which past, the sorrow only stays;
Whom care forewarns, ere age and winter cold,
To haste me hence to find my fortune’s fold.

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