Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A DOUBTFUL CHOICE, by EDWARD DE VERE

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A DOUBTFUL CHOICE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Were I a king I might command content
Last Line: A kingdom! Or a cottage! Or a grave!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bulbeck, Lord; Oxford, 17th Earl Of; Vere, Edward De
Variant Title(s): The Earle Of Oxenforde To The Reader: 16;a Choice;epigram
Subject(s): Death; Life; Wealth; Dead, The; Riches; Fortunes

WERE I a king, I might command content!
Were I obscure, unknown should be my cares!
And were I dead; no thoughts should me torment,
Nor words, nor wrongs, nor love, nor hate, nor fears!
A doubtful choice for me, of three things, one to crave!
A Kingdom! or a Cottage! or a Grave!

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