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EPIGRAM: ON SIR JOHN ROE (2), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What two brave perils of the private sword
Last Line: Seas, serenes, swords, shot, sickness, all are there.
Variant Title(s): On Sir John Roe
Subject(s): Roe, Sir John (1581-1606)


What two brave perils of the private sword
Could not effect, not all the furies do,
That self-divided Belgia did afford;
What not the envy of the seas reached to,
The cold of Moscow, and fat Irish air,
His often change of clime (though not of mind)
What could not work; at home in his repair
Was his blessed fate, but our hard lot to find.
Which shows, wherever death doth please t'appear,
Seas, serenes, swords, shot, sickness, all are there.





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