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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
O Fly, My Soul
By James Shirley (1596–1666)
From “The Imposture,” Act II. Scene 3

O FLY, my soul! What hangs upon
      Thy drooping wings,
      And weighs them down
With love of gaudy mortal things?
The Sun is now i’ the east: each shade        5
      As he doth rise
      Is shorter made,
That earth may lessen to our eyes.
O be not careless then and play
      Until the Star of Peace        10
Hide all his beams in dark recess!
Poor pilgrims needs must lose their way,
When all the shadows do increase.

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