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SIR MARMADUKE'S MUSINGS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I won a noble fame
Last Line: To all mankind.

I WON a noble fame;
But, with a sudden frown,
The people snatched my crown,
And, in the mire, trod down
My lofty name.

I bore a bounteous purse;
And beggars by the way
Then blessed me, day by day;
But I, grown poor as they,
Have now their curse.

I gained what men call friends;
But now their love is hate,
And I have learned, too late,
How mated minds unmate,
And friendship ends.

I clasped a woman's breast, --
As if her heart, I knew,
Or fancied, would be true, --
Who proved, alas! she too!
False like the rest.

I now am all bereft, --
As when some tower doth fall,
With battlement, and wall,
And gate, and bridge, and all, --
And nothing left.

But I account it worth
All pangs of fair hopes crossed --
All loves and honors lost, --
To gain the heavens, at cost
Of losing earth.

So, lest I be inclined
To render ill for ill, --
Henceforth in me instil,
O God, a sweet good-will
To all mankind.

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