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Bartolomew Griffin
15??-1602


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Compare me to the child that plaies with fire


Compare me to the child that plaies with fire

Compare me to the child that plaies with fire,
Or to the fly that dyeth in the flame:
Or to the foolish boy that did aspire,
To touch the glorie of high heavenís frame.
Compare me to the Leander stuggling in the waves,
Not able to attaine his safetieís shore:
Or to the sicke that doe expect their graves,
Or to the captive crying ever more.
Compare me to the weeping wounded Hart,
Moning with teares the period of his life;
Or to the Bore that will not feele his smart
When he is stricken with the butcherís knife.
No man to these can fitly me compare:
These live to dye: I dye to live in care.


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