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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Attributed Songs
Threnos
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

BEAUTY, truth, and rarity,
Grace in all simplicity,
Here inclosed in cinders lie.
 
Death is now the Phœnix’s nest;
And the turtle’s loyal breast        5
To eternity doth rest.
 
Leaving no posterity:
’Twas not their infirmity,
It was married chastity.
 
Truth may seem, but cannot be;        10
Beauty brag, but ’tis not she:
Truth and beauty buried be.
 
To this urn let those repair
That are either true or fair;
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.        15
 
 
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