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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
V. Death and Bereavement
“Fear no more the heat o’ the sun”
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “Cymbeline,” Act IV. Sc. 2.

FEAR no more the heat o’ the sun,
  Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
  Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,        5
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
 
Fear no more the frown o’ the great,
  Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke;
Care no more to clothe, and eat;
  To thee the reed is as the oak:        10
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this and come to dust.
 
Fear no more the lightning flash
  Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;        15
  Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
 
 
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