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First Line: Three things there be that prosper up apace
Last Line: It frets the halter, and it chokes the child
Alternate Author Name(s): Ralegh, Walter
Variant Title(s): The Wood, The Wool, The Wag;the Wood, The Weed, The Wag;sir Walter Ralegh To His Son
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Sons; Dead, The

THREE things there be that prosper up
And flourish while they grow asunder far;
But on a day, they meet all in a place,
And when they meet, they one another mar.

And they be these: the Wood, the Weed, the Wag:
The Wood is that that makes the gallows tree;
The Weed is that that strings the hangman's bag;
The Wag, my pretty knave, betokens thee.

Now mark, dear boy''"while these assemble not,
Green springs the tree, hemp grows, the wag is wild;
But when they meet, it makes the timber rot,
It frets the halter, and it chokes the child.

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