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A Farewell to the World

Written by: | Biography
FALSE world good night! since thou hast brought 
That hour upon my morn of age; 
Henceforth I quit thee from my thought  
My part is ended on thy stage. 

Yes threaten do. Alas! I fear 5 
As little as I hope from thee: 
I know thou canst not show nor bear 
More hatred than thou hast to me. 

My tender first and simple years 
Thou didst abuse and then betray; 10 
Since stir'd'st up jealousies and fears  
When all the causes were away. 

Then in a soil hast planted me 
Where breathe the basest of thy fools; 
Where envious arts profess¨¨d be 15 
And pride and ignorance the schools; 

Where nothing is examined weigh'd  
But as 'tis rumour'd so believed; 
Where every freedom is betray'd  
And every goodness tax'd or grieved. 20 

But what we're born for we must bear: 
Our frail condition it is such 
That what to all may happen here  
If 't chance to me I must not grutch. 

Else I my state should much mistake 25 
To harbour a divided thought 
From all my kind¡ªthat for my sake  
There should a miracle be wrought. 

No I do know that I was born 
To age misfortune sickness grief: 30 
But I will bear these with that scorn 
As shall not need thy false relief. 

Nor for my peace will I go far  
As wanderers do that still do roam; 
But make my strengths such as they are 35 
Here in my bosom and at home.