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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Fear no More the Heat o’ th’ Sun
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
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FEAR no more the heat o’ th’ sun,
  Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
  Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages.
Golden lads and girls all must,        5
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o’ th’ great,
  Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
  To thee the reed is as the oak:        10
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning-flash,
  Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash:        15
  Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

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