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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Fortune’s Wheel
By Lord de Tabley (John Byrne Leicester Warren) (1835–1895)
 
I HAD a true-love, none so dear,
  And a friend both leal and tried.
I had a cask of good old beer,
  And a gallant horse to ride.
 
A little while did Fortune smile        5
  On him and her and me.
We sang along the road of life
  Like birds upon a tree.
 
My lady fell to shame and hell,
  And with her took my friend.        10
My cask ran sour, my horse went lame,—
  So alone in the cold I end.
 
 
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