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First Line: Rich fools there be, whose base and filthy heart
Last Line: He knows not, grow in only folly rich.
Subject(s): Rich, Robert, 1st Earl Of Warwick


Rich fools there be, whose base and filthy heart
Lies hatching still the goods wherein they flow;
And damning their own selves to Tantal's smart,
Wealth breeding want, more blessed, more wretched grow.
Yet to those fools heaven such wit doth impart
As what their hands do hold, their heads do know,
And knowing, love, and loving, lay apart,
As sacred things, far from all danger's show.
But that rich fool, who by blind fortune's lot
The richest gem of love and life enjoys,
And can with foul abuse such beauties blot,
Let him, deprived of sweet but unfelt joys,
Exiled for aye from those high treasures which
He knows not, grow in only folly rich.





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