Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VI. Animate Nature
The Fly
William Oldys (1696–1761)
Occasioned by a Fly Drinking out of the Author’s Cup

BUSY, curious, thirsty fly,
Drink with me, and drink as I!
Freely welcome to my cup,
Couldst thou sip and sip it up:
Make the most of life you may;        5
Life is short and wears away!
Both alike, both mine and thine,
Hasten quick to their decline!
Thine’s a summer; mine no more,
Though repeated to threescore!        10
Threescore summers, when they ’re gone,
Will appear as short as one!

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