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First Line: Happy were he could finish forth his fate
Last Line: Where harmless robin dwells with gentle thrush.
Alternate Author Name(s): Essex, 2d Earl Of
Variant Title(s): A Wish;a Passion Of My Lord Of Essex;a Passion;happy Were He
Subject(s): Contentment


Happy were he could finish forth his fate
In some unhaunted desert, most obscure
From all societies, from love and hate
Of worldly folk; then might be sleep secure;
Then wake again, and give God ever praise,
Content with hips and haws and bramble-berry;
In contemplation spending all his days,
And change of holy thoughts to make him merry;
Where, when he dies, his tomb may be a bush,
Where harmless robin dwells with gentle thrush.








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