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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
William Drummond, of Hawthornden. 1585–1649
  
230. Inexorable
  
    MY thoughts hold mortal strife; 
    I do detest my life, 
    And with lamenting cries 
    Peace to my soul to bring 
Oft call that prince which here doth monarchise:         5
    —But he, grim-grinning King, 
Who caitiffs scorns, and doth the blest surprise, 
Late having deck'd with beauty's rose his tomb, 
Disdains to crop a weed, and will not come. 
 
 
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