Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DESPERATO'S BANQUET, by WILLIAM STRODE



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DESPERATO'S BANQUET, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, heavy souls, oppressed with the weight
Last Line: Sigh, and sigh out; groan once, and groan no more.
Subject(s): Death; Soul; Dead, The


COME, heavy souls, oppressed with the weight
Of crimes, and pangs, or want of your delight;
Come, drown in Lethe's sleeply Lake,
Whatever makes you ache;
Drink healths from poisoned bowls,
Breathe out your cares together with your souls;
Cool death's a salve
That all may have,
There's no distinction in the grave.
Lay down your loads before death's iron door;
Sigh, and sigh out; groan once, and groan no more.





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