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THE SHEPHERD'S PIPE: FOURTH ECLOGUE. TO MR. THOMAS MANWOOD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To me more known than you is your sad chance
Last Line: Our tears and sighs might freely offer here.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Manwood, Thomas (D. 1613)


TO me more known than you is your sad chance.
Oh! had I still enjoy'd such ignorance;
Then I by these spent tears had not been known,
Nor left another's grief to sing mine own.
Yet since his fate hath wrought these throes,
Permit a Partner in your woes:
The cause doth yield, and still may do,
Enough for YOU, and others too.
But if such plaints for YOU are kept,
Yet may I grieve since you have wept.
For he more perfect grows to be,
That feels another's MISERY.
And though these drops which mourning run,
From several fountains first begun,
And some far off, some nearer fleet,
They will (at last) in one stream meet.
Mine shall with yours, yours mix with mine,
And make one Off'ring at his Shrine:
For whose ETERNITY on earth, my Muse
To build this ALTAR, did her best skill use;
And that you, I, and all that held him dear,
Our tears and sighs might freely offer here.





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