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ALEXANDER BROME
English poet
(1620 - 1666)

A poem's life and death dependeth still
  Not on the poet's wits, but reader's will.
      - [Poets]

What art thou, life, that we, must court thy stay?
  A breath one single gasp must puff away!
    A short-lived flower, that with the day must fade!
      A fleeting vapor, and an empty shade!
        A stream that silently but swiftly glides
          To meet eternity's immeasured tides!
            A being, lost alike by pain or joy?
              A fly can kill it, or a worm destroy!
                Impair'd by labor, and by ease undone,
                  Commenced in tears, and ended in a groan.
      - [Life]


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