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Poem by Robert Herrick


The Plaudite, or End of Life


If after rude and boisterous seas
My wearied pinnace here finds ease;
If so it be I've gain'd the shore,
With safety of a faithful oar;
If having run my barque on ground,
Ye see the aged vessel crown'd;
What's to be done?  but on the sands
Ye dance and sing, and now clap hands.
ЧThe first act's doubtful, but (we say)
It is the last commends the Play.



Robert Herrick


Robert Herrick's other poems:
  1. His Teares to Thamasis
  2. To Robin Red-Breast
  3. To Groves
  4. To Dianeme (I could but see thee yesterday)
  5. Shakespeare


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