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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
IV. Inevitable
‘Were I a King’
By Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550–1604)
WERE I a King, I might command content;
  Were I obscure, unknown should be my cares;
And were I dead, no thoughts should me torment,—
  Nor words, nor wrongs, nor love, nor hate, nor fears!
    A doubtful choice for me, of three things, one to crave:        5
      A Kingdom, or a Cottage, or a Grave!

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