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TO KING JAMES; UPON THE HAPPY FALSE RUMOUR OF HIS DEATH, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: That we the loss might know, and thou our love
Last Line: Look not upon thy dangers, but our fears.
Variant Title(s): To King James
Subject(s): James I, King Of England (1566-1625)


That we the loss might know, and thou our love,
Great heaven did well, to give ill fame free wing;
Which though it did but panic terror prove,
And far beneath least pause of such a king,
Yet give thy jealous subjects leave to doubt:
Who this thy 'scape from rumour gratulate,
No less than if from peril; and devout,
Do beg thy care unto thy after-state.
For we, that have our eyes still in our ears,
Look not upon thy dangers, but our fears.





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