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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
269. The Dying Adrian to His Soul
 
Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
 
 
POOR, little, pretty, fluttering thing,
  Must we no longer live together?
And dost thou prune thy trembling wing,
  To take thy flight thou knowst not whither?
Thy humorous vein, thy pleasing folly,        5
  Lies all neglected, all forgot:
And pensive, wavering, melancholy,
  Thou dread’st and hop’st thou know’st not what.
 

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