by Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644)

Our life is nothing but a winter's day
Language: English 
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"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-02-13
Line count: 6
Word count: 49