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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The World, a Hunting
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
THIS world a hunting is,
The prey poor man, the Nimrod fierce is Death;
            His speedy greyhounds are
            Lust, sickness, envy, care,
            Strife that ne’er falls amiss,        5
With all those ills which haunt us while we breathe.
            Now, if by chance we fly
            Of these the eager chase,
            Old Age with stealing pace
Casts on his nets, and there we panting die.        10
 
 
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