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1 WIsely, O C*; enjoy the present hour,
2 The present hour is all the time we have,
3 High God the rest has plac'd beyond our pow'r,
4 Consign'd, perhaps, to grief or to the grave.
5 Wretched the man, who toils ambition's slave;
6 Who pines for wealth, or sighs for empty fame;
7 Who rolls in pleasures which the mind deprave,
8 Bought with severe remorse, and guilty shame.
9 Virtue and knowledge be our better aim;
10 These help us Ill to bear, or teach to shun;
11 Let friendship cheer us with her gen'rous flame,
12 Friendship, the sum of all our joys in one;
13 So shall we live each moment fate has giv'n;
14 How long, or short, let us resign to heav'n.


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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET II.
    Themes: advice; moral precepts; virtue; vice; ambition
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 23519

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 323. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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