Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NULLA FIDES, by PATRICK CAREY



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First Line: For god's sake mark that fly
Last Line: Honour destroy; burn worlds; devour up man.
Subject(s): Simplicity


I

FOR God's sake mark that fly:
See what a poor, weak, little thing it is.
When thou hast mark'd, and scorn'd it, know that this,
This little, poor, weak fly
Has kill'd a pope; can make an emp'ror die.

II

Behold yon spark of fire:
How little hot! how near to nothing 'tis!
When thou hast done despising, know that this,
This contemn'd spark of fire,
Has burn't whole towns; can burn a world entire.

III

That crawling worm there see:
Ponder how ugly, filthy, vile it is.
When thou hast seen and loath'd it, know that this,
This base worm thou dost see,
Has quite devour'd thy parents; shall eat thee.

IV

Honour, the world, and man,
What trifles are they; since most true it is
That this poor fly, this little spark, this
So much abhorr'd worm, can
Honour destroy; burn worlds; devour up man.





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