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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
B. Jonson
 
LXXIII. The Noble Nature
 
    IT is not growing like a tree 
    In bulk, doth make Man better be; 
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, 
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: 
        A lily of a day         5
        Is fairer far in May, 
    Although it fall and die that night— 
    It was the plant and flower of Light. 
In small proportions we just beauties see; 
And in short measures life may perfect be.  10
 
 
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