Phineas Fletcher

(1582 - 1650 / England)

Phineas Fletcher Poems

1. The Happy Shepherd 4/21/2010
2. The Purple Island 10/25/2014
3. The Apollyonists - Canto 1 4/21/2010
4. A Litany 1/4/2003
5. The Divine Lover 1/1/2004
6. The Dying Husband's Farewell 4/21/2010
7. Instability Of Human Greatness 4/21/2010
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Instability Of Human Greatness

Fond man, that looks on earth for happiness,
And here long seeks what here is never found!
For all our good we hold from Heaven by lease,
With many forfeits and conditions bound;
Nor can we pay the fine and rentage due;
Though now but writ, and sealed, and given anew,
Yet daily we it break, then daily must renew.

Why shouldst thou here look for perpetual good,
At every loss 'gainst Heaven's face repining?
Do but behold where glorious cities stood,
With gilded tops and silver turrets shining;
There now the heart, fearless of greyhound, feeds,
And loving ...

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