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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
III. Oblivion
Sic Vita
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 gawdy hue,
Or silver drops of morning dew,
Or like a wind that chafes the flood,        5
Or bubbles which on water stood:—
Even such is man, whose borrow’d light
Is straight call’d in, and paid to night.
The Wind blowes out; the Bubble dies;
The Spring entomb’d in Autumn lies;        10
The Dew dries up; the Star is shot:
The Flight is past—and Man forgot!

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