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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Sonnet to Sir W. Alexander (from The Cypresse Grove)
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
THOUGH I have twice been at the doors of death,
And twice found shut those gates which ever mourn,
This but a light’ning is, truce ta’en to breath,
For late-born sorrows augur fleet return.
Amidst thy sacred cares and courtly toils,        5
Alexis, when thou shalt hear wand’ring Fame
Tell Death hath triumph’d o’er my mortal spoils,
And that on earth I am but a sad name;
If thou e’er held me dear, by all our love,
By all that bliss, those joys Heaven here us gave,        10
I conjure thee, and by the maids of Jove,
To grave this short remembrance on my grave:
  Here Damon lies, whose songs did sometime grace
  The murmuring Esk; may roses shade the place!

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