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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
Life, a Bubble
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
THIS Life, which seems so fair,
Is like a bubble blown up in the air
    By sporting children’s breath,
    Who chase it everywhere
And strive who can most motion it bequeath:        5
And though it sometime seem of its own might,
Like to an eye of gold, to be fixed there,
And firm to hover in that empty height;
That only is because it is so light.
But in that pomp it doth not long appear;        10
For when ’tis most admirèd, in a thought,
Because it erse was naught, it turns to naught.

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