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First Line: Mistaken fair, lay sherlock by
Last Line: Tis I must learn to die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Chesterfield, 4th Earl Of
Variant Title(s): To A Lady Reading Sherlock Upon Death
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


Mistaken fair, lay Sherlock by,
His doctrine is deceiving;
For, whilst he teaches us to die,
He cheats us of our living.
To die's a lesson we shall know
Too soon, without a master;
Then let us only study now
How we may live the faster.
To live's to love; to bless, be blessed
With mutual inclination;
Share then my ardour in your breast,
And kindly meet my passion.
But if thus blessed I may not live,
And pity you deny,
To me, at least, your Sherlock give,
'Tis I must learn to die.






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