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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
 
Human Frailty
LXIII. William Drummond
 
A GOOD that neuer satisfies the minde,
A beautie fading like the Aprile flowres,
A sweete with floods of gall that runnes combin’d,
A pleasure passing ere in thought made ours,
A honour that more fickle is than winde,        5
A glorie at opinion’s frowne that lowres,
A treasurie which banckrupt time deuoures,
A knowledge than graue ignorance more blinde,
A vaine delight our equalles to command,
A style of greatnesse in effect a dreame,        10
A swelling thought of holding sea and land,
A seruile lot deckt with a pompous name,—
Are the strange endes we toyle for heere below,
Till wisest death make vs our errores know.
 
 
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