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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
IV. Inevitable
The Pastime of Pleasure, Cap. xli
By Stephen Hawes (d. 1523)
 
How he was arrested by Death

BUT when I thought longest to endure
Deth with his darte arest me suddenly.
Obey! he sayd, as ye may be sure—
You can resist nothing the contrary,
But that you must obey me naturally.        5
What you avayleth such treasure to take
Sithens by force ye must it now forsake?
Alas! quod I, nothing can me ayde,
This worldly treasure I must leue behinde,
For Erth of Erth will haue this dette now payde.        10
What is this world, but a blast of wynde!
I must nedes dye, it is my natiue kinde.
 
 
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