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LINES WRITTEN IN THE 16TH CENTURY PARODIED IN THE 18TH CENTURY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hither frolics and delights
Last Line: Let angels have the rest.
Subject(s): England; Parties; Poetry & Poets; English


HITHER frolics and delights!
Day is dying, and by nights
I my years would number;
What have earth and time to give
But the when that pleasures live
Toil and trouble slumber?

Welcome arms asunder thrown,
Lifted chin, and locks adown
The forehead sleek and free,
Crimson cheek and glancing eye,
Lips where smiles aye lurking lie,
The tiptoe tread of glee.

The taper'd hall that music haunts,
Where sparkles wine, where beauty pants,
And feast and dance abound;
The midnight hour when sages sour
Are hush'd abed or hous'd in bower,
But wit runs giggling round.

The clink of an unheeded clock,
That vainly gives a threefold knock,
The toast that glows the breast,
The jolly-chorused roundelay,
The curtain that keeps out the day,
Let angels have the rest.





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