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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
The Life of Man
By Henry King (1592–1669) (?)
LIKE to the falling of a star,
Or as the flights of eagles are,
Or like the fresh spring’s gaudy hue,
Or silver drops of morning dew.
Or like the wind that chafes the flood,        5
Or bubbles which on water stood;
Even such is Man, whose borrowed light
Is straight called in and paid to night.
The winds blow out; the bubble dies;
The spring entombed in autumn lies;        10
The dew’s dryed up; the star is shot;
The flight is past; and man forgot.

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