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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Shirley
 
LXVIII. The Last Conqueror
 
VICTORIOUS men of earth, no more 
  Proclaim how wide your empires are; 
Though you bind-in every shore 
  And your triumphs reach as far 
      As night or day,         5
  Yet you, proud monarchs, must obey 
And mingle with forgotten ashes, when 
Death calls ye to the crowd of common men. 
  
Devouring Famine, Plague, and War, 
  Each able to undo mankind,  10
Death's servile emissaries are; 
  Nor to these alone confined, 
      He hath at will 
  More quaint and subtle ways to kill; 
A smile or kiss, as he will use the art,  15
Shall have the cunning skill to break a heart. 
 
 
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