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HENRY KING
English bishop and poet
(1592 - 1669)

Life is a weary interlude--
  Which doth short joys, long woes include:
    The world the stage, the prologue tears;
      The acts vain hopes and varied fears;
        The scene shuts up with loss of breath,
          And leaves no epilogue but death.
      - [Life]

Like to the falling of a star;
  Or as the flights of eagles are;
    Or like the fresh springs gaudy hue,
      Or silver drops of morning dew;
        Or like a wind that chafes the flood,
          Or bubbles which on water stood;
            Ev'n such is man whose borrow'd light
              Is straight call'd in, and paid to-night.
                The wind blows out, the bubble dies;
                  The spring entombed in autumn lies;
                    The dew dries up; the star is shot;
                      The flight is past; and man forgot.
      - [Life]

The wind blows out, the bubble dies;
  The spring entomb'd in autumn lies;
    The dew dries up; the star is shot;
      The flight is past--and man forgot.
      - attributed to,
        also credited to Francis Beaumont in a periodical published about 1828
        [Forgetfulness]


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