Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NON OMNIS MORIAR, by JOHN ORLEY ALLEN TATE

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First Line: I ask you: has the singer sung
Last Line: Death frames the singer and the song.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tate, Allen
Subject(s): Death; Dramatists; Ford, John (1586-1639); Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Dead, The

I ask you: Has the Singer sung
The drear quintessence of the Song?
John Ford knew more than I of death,
John Ford to death has passed along.

I ask you: Has the Singer said
Whereof his greatness is not dust?
Marlowe went muttering to death
When he had done with song and lust.

And so I speak no other word,
Nor ask where to go the jaunty throng,
For laughter frames the lips of death -
Death frames the Singer and the Song.

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