Sunday, August 24, 2014

On a Fly Drinking Out of His Cup -- William Oldys

BUSY, curious, thirsty fly! 
Drink with me and drink as I: 
Freely welcome to my cup, 
Couldst thou sip and sip it up: 
Make the most of life you may,         5
Life is short and wears away. 
Both alike are mine and thine 
Hastening quick to their decline: 
Thine 's a summer, mine 's no more, 
Though repeated to threescore.  10
Threescore summers, when they're gone, 
Will appear as short as one!


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