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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
146. A Passion of my Lord of Essex
 
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex (1566–1601)
 
 
HAPPY were he could finish forth his fate
  In some unhaunted desert, where, obscure
From all society, from love and hate
  Of worldly folk; then might he sleep secure;
Then wake again, and ever give God praise,        5
  Content with hip, with haws, and bramble-berry;
In contemplation passing all his days,
  And change of holy thoughts to make him merry;
Who, when he dies, his tomb might be a bush,
Where harmless Robin dwells with gentle thrush.        10
        —Happy were he!
 

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