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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. Craving for Leisure
By Charles Lamb (1775–1834)
 
THEY talk of Time, and of Time’s galling yoke,
  That like a millstone on man’s mind doth press,
  Which only works and business can redress;
  Of divine Leisure such foul lies are spoke,
Wounding her fair gifts with calumnious stroke.        5
  But might I, fed with silent meditation,
  Assoiléd live from that fiend Occupation—
  Improbus Labor, which my spirits hath broke—
I ’d drink of time’s rich cup, and never surfeit;
  Fling in more days than went to make the gem        10
  That crowned the white top of Methusalem;
Yea, on my weak neck take, and never forfeit,
  Like Atlas bearing up the dainty sky,
  The heaven-sweet burden of eternity.
 
 
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