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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Calantha’s Dirge (from The Broken Heart)
By John Ford (1586–c. 1640)
 
GLORIES, pleasures, pomps, delights and ease,
        Can but please
Outward senses, when the mind
Is untroubled, or by peace refined.
Crowns may flourish and decay,        5
Beauties shine, but fade away.
Youth may revel, yet it must
Lie down in a bed of dust.
Earthly honours flow and waste,
Time alone doth change and last.        10
Sorrows mingled with contents prepare
        Rest for care;
Love only reigns in death; though art
Can find no comfort for a Broken Heart.
 
 
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