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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Lines from “Thameseidos”
LIV. E. W.
AYE, 1 now I see that mourning followes mirth,
That sorrow driueth pleasure from the earth;
That happinesse doth not long time remaine,
But ere it is at full, begi’nes to waine;
That all in vaine man striues to keepe his state,        5
When dangerous stormes labour it to abate:
That vainely men doe boast of Fortune’s fauours,
Since like a weather-cocke shee alwayes wauers,
Threatening them most, and bringing soonest vnder
Those, at whose fortunes most the world did wonder.        10
Note 1. LIV. E. W.—This author wrote a poem entitled “Thameseidos, deuided into three bookes, or cantos,” which was published in 1600. The lines extracted are from the close of the first canto. [back]

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