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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
IV. Inevitable
Upon a Passing Bell
By Thomas Washbourne (1606–1687)
 
HARK, how the Passing Bell
Rings out thy neighbour’s knell!
    And thou, for want of wit
    Or grace, ne’er think’st on it;
Because thou yet art well!        5
 
Fool! In two days, or three,
The same may ring for thee!
    For Death’s impartial dart
    Will surely hit thy heart!
He will not take a fee!        10
 
Since, then, he will not spare,
See thou thyself prepare
    Against that dreadful day,
    When thou shalt turn to clay!
This Bell bids thee, Beware!        15
 
 
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