Our life is nothing but a winter's day: Some only break their [fast, and so away]1: Others stay dinner and depart full-fed: The deepest age but sups and goes to bed: He's most in debt that lingers out the day: Who dies betimes has [less and]2 less to pay.
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Confirmed with Handy-book of Literary Curiosities, by William Shepard Walsh, Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1893, p. 550.1 Maconchy: "fast and then away"
2 Maconchy: "less, has"
- by Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644), no title, appears in Divine Fancies: digested into epigrammes, meditations, and observations, first published 1633 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994), "Our life is nothing but a winter's day", 1975 [chorus], from Two Epitaphs, no. 1. [text verified 1 time]
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