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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Calantha’s Dirge
By John Ford (1586–c. 1640)
 
GLORIES, 1 pleasures, pomps, delights and ease,
            Can but please.
Outward senses, when the mind
Is troubled, or by peace refined.
Crowns may flourish and decay,        5
Beauties shine, but fade away;
Youth may revel, yet it must
Lie down in a bed of dust.
Earthly honours flow and waste,
Time alone doth change and last.        10
Sorrows mingled with contents prepare
            Rest for care;
Love only reigns in death; though art
Can find no comfort for a Broken Heart.
 
Note 1. From The Broken Heart, 1633. [back]
 
 
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