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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXIV. Bitter Sorrow
Dirge
By John Ford (1586–c. 1640)
 
From “The Broken Heart,” Act V. Scene 3

GLORIES, pleasures, pomps, delights, and ease,
    Can but please
The outward senses, when the mind
Is or untroubled, or by peace refined.
 
Crowns may flourish and decay,        5
Beauties shine, but fade away.
 
Youth may revel, but 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.
 
 
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