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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
The Vncertayntie of Lyfe
LXX. Barnaby Googe
 
NO 1 vayner thing ther can be found
  Amyd this vale of stryfe,
As auncient men report haue made,
  Then trust vncertayne lyfe.
 
This trwe we dayly fynde        5
  By proofes of many yeares,
And many tymes the trothe is tryed
  By losse of frendly feares.
 
Hope whoso lyst in lyfe,
  Hath but vncertayne stay;        10
As tayle of ele, that harder held
  Doth sooner slyde away.
 
When least we thynk thereof,
  Most neare approacheth it;
And sodaynly possess the place        15
  Wher lyfe before did sytt.
 
How many haue byn seen
  In helth to go to rest;
And yet, eare mornying tyde, haue ben
  With cruell death opprest!        20
 
How many in their meales
  Haue ioyfully been sett,
That sodaynly in all theyr feasts
  Hath yealded earth theyr dett!
 
Syth thus the lyfe is nought        25
  That in this world we trust;
And that for all the pompe and pryde
  The bodie tournes to dust;
 
Hope for the lyfe aboue,
  Which far surmounteth all:        30
With vertuous mind await the time
  When God for vs doth call.
 
Note 1. LXX. Barnaby Googe.—He was a celebrated translator in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; he wrote some original works, among which is a work entitled “Eglogs, Epytaphes, and Sonettes,” which was published in 1563. [back]
 
 
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