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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Expectation
By Thomas Stanley (1625–1678)
 
CHIDE, chide no more away
The fleeting daughters of the day,
Nor with impatient thoughts outrun
      The lazy sun,
Nor think the hours do move too slow;        5
      Delay is kind,
  And we too soon shall find
That which we seek, yet fear to know.
 
  The mystic dark decrees
Unfold not of the Destinies,        10
Nor boldly seek to antedate
      The laws of Fate;
Thy anxious search awhile forbear,
      Suppress thy haste,
  And know that Time at last        15
Will crown thy hope, or fix thy fear.
 
 
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