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EPIGRAM: TO WILLIAM ROE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When nature bids us leave to live, 'tis late
Last Line: Though life be short, let us not make it so.
Subject(s): Roe, William (b. 1585)


When Nature bids us leave to live, 'tis late
Then to begin, my Roe: he makes a state
In life, that can employ it; and takes hold
On the true causes, ere they grow too old.
Delay is bad, doubt worse, depending worst;
Each best day of our life escapes us, first.
Then, since we (more than many) these truths know;
Though life be short, let us not make it so.





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