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THE LOVE SONNETS OF PROTEUS: 62. FAREWELL TO JULIET (14), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lame, impotent conclusion to youth's dreams
Last Line: Speedy oblivion, rest for memory.
Variant Title(s): Vanitas Vanitatis
Subject(s): Farewell; Parting


Lame, impotent conclusion to youth's dreams
Vast as all heaven! See, what glory lies
Entangled here in these base stratagems,
What virtue done to death! O glorious sighs,
Sublime beseechings, high cajoleries,
Fond wraths, brave ruptures, all that sometime was
Our daily bread of gods beneath the skies,
How are ye ended, in what utter loss!
Time was, time is, and time is yet to come,
Till even time itself shall have its end.
These were eternal. And behold, a tomb!
Come, let us laugh and eat and drink. God send
What all the world must need one day as we,
Speedy oblivion, rest for memory.





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