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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Sonnet: ‘What has this bugbear Death that’s worth our care?’
By William Walsh (1663–1708)
WHAT has this bugbear Death that’s worth our care?
After a life in pain and sorrow past,
After deluding hope and dire despair,
  Death only gives us quiet at the last.
How strangely are our love and hate misplaced!        5
  Freedom we seek, and yet from freedom flee;
Courting those tyrant-sins that chain us fast,
  And shunning Death, that only sets us free.
’Tis not a foolish fear of future pains,
(Why should they fear who keep their souls from stains?)        10
  That makes me dread thy terrors, Death, to see:
’Tis not the loss of riches, or of fame,
Or the vain toys the vulgar pleasures name;
  ’Tis nothing, Caelia, but losing thee.

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