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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
XII. A Consolation
 
WHEN in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes 
I all alone beweep my outcast state, 
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, 
And look upon myself, and curse my fate; 
  
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,         5
Featured like him, like him with friends possest, 
Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope, 
With what I most enjoy contented least; 
  
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, 
Haply I think on Thee—and then my state,  10
Like to the lark at break of day arising 
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate; 
  
For thy sweet love remember'd, such wealth brings 
That then I scorn to change my state with kings. 
 
 
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