Edward Bysshe British Parnassus

ISBN 13: 9781130224481

British Parnassus

9781130224481: British Parnassus

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1718 Excerpt: ...Flames of a perpetual Fire, The Groans of Wretches, ready to expire; This Tragick Scene make6 tharn in Terrour live, 'Till thatbe forc'd, which they should freely give: Yielding unwillingly what Heav'n will have, Their.Fears eclipse the Glory of their Grave. Before thy Face they make undecent Moan, And seel a hundred Deaths in searing one. Buck. Ah! no, 'tis all in vain; believe me 'tiť, This pious Artifice: Not all these Pray'rs and Alms can buy One Moment tow'rd Eternity. Fix'd are those Limits, which prescribe A short Extent to the most lasting Breath: And though thou could'st for Sacrifice lay down Millions of other Lives to save thy own; 'Twere fruitless all, and would not bribe One supernumerary Gaso from Death. In vain thy inexhaustcd Store Of Wealth; in vain thy Pow'r; Thy Honours, Titles, all must fail, Where Piety it self can nought avail. The Rich, the Great, the Innocent and Just, Must all be huddled to the Grave, With the most vile and ignominious Slave; And undistinguiih'a lie in Dust. In vain the fearful flies Alarms, In vain be is secure from Wounds and Arms; In vain avoids the faithless Seas, And is confin'd to Home and Ease, Bounding his Knowledge to extend his Days. In vain are all those Arts we try, Al l our Evasions, and Regret to die: From the Contagion of Mortality No Clime is pure, no Air is free; And no Retreat Is so' obscure, as to be hid from Fate. The very Hour thou now dost spend In studying to avoid, brings on, thy End. Thou must forego the dearest Joys of lafV Leave the warm Bosom of thy tender Wife,' And all the much lov'd Ofsspring of her Womb, To moulder in the cold Embraces of a Tomb. All must be left, all must be lost; Thy House, whose stately Structure so much cost, Shall not afford Room for the stinking Carcass of ...

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