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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
Sonnet: ‘What has this bugbear death that ’s worth our care?’
By William Walsh (1663–1708)
WHAT has this bugbear death that ’s worth our care?
  After a life of pain and sorrow past,
After deluding hopes and dire despair,
  Death only gives us quiet at the last;
  How strangely are our love and hate misplaced!        5
Freedom we seek, and yet from freedom flee,
  Courting those tyrant-sins that chain us fast,
And shunning death that only sets us free.
’Tis not a foolish fear of future pains,—
Why should they fear who keep their souls from stains?—        10
  That makes me dread thy terrors, Death, to see;
’Tis not the loss of riches or of fame,
Or the vain toys the vulgar pleasures name,
  ’Tis nothing, Celia, but the losing thee!

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