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ON A FLY DRINKING FROM HIS CUP, by         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Busy, curious, thirsty fly!
Last Line: Will appear as short as one!
Variant Title(s): The Fly. Occasioned By A Fly Drinking Out Of The Author's Cup;the Fly
Subject(s): Flies; Time


BUSY, curious, thirsty fly,
Drink with me, and drink as I!
Freely welcome to my cup,
Couldst thou sip and sip it up:
Make the most of life you may;
Life is short and wears away!
Both alike, both mine and thine,
Hasten quick to their decline!
Thine's a summer; mine no more,
Though repeated to threescore!
Threescore summers, when they're gone,
Will appear as short as one!




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