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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
October 26
Lady Penelope Clifton
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)
          Elegy on the Death of the Lady Penelope Clifton—daughter of the Earl of Warwick and first of the seven wives of Sir Gervase Clifton. Died October 26, 1613.

SINCE thou art dead, Clifton, the world may see
A certain end of flesh and blood in thee;
Till then a way was left for man to cry,
Flesh may be made so pure it cannot die;
But now thy unexpected death doth strike        5
With grief the better and the worse alike;
The good are sad they are not with thee there,
The bad have found they must not tarry here.

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