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First Line: Whenas man's life, the light of human lust
Last Line: That while he lived never thought of death.
Alternate Author Name(s): Brooke, 1st Baron; Brooke, Lord
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The

When as Mans life, the light of humane lust,
In socket of his earthly lanthorne burnes,
That all this glory unto ashes must,
And generation to corruptiion turnes;
Then fond desires that onely feare their end,
Doe vainely wish for life, but to amend.
But when this life is from the body fled,
To see it selfe in that eternall Glasse,
Where time doth end, and thoughts accuse the dead,
Where all to come, is one with all that was;
Then living men aske how he left his breath,
That while he lived never thought of death.

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