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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Fountain
By Sir Edward Sherburne (1618–1702)
 
STRANGER, whoe’er thou art, that stoop’st to taste
These sweeter streams, let me arrest thy haste;
      Nor of their fall
    The murmurs (though the lyre
    Less sweet be) stand to admire.        5
      But as you shall
    See from this marble tun
    The liquid crystal run,
      And mark withal
    How fixed the one abides,        10
    How fast the other glides;
Instructed thus, the difference learn to see
’Twixt mortal life and immortality.
 
 
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