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Poem by Henry Farley

A Complaint

TO see a strange outlandish fowl,
A quaint baboon, an ape, an owl,
A dancing bear, a giants bone,
A foolish engine move alone,
A morris-dance, a puppet-play,
Mad Tom to sing a roundelay,
A woman dancing on a rope,
Bull-baiting also at the Hope,
A rimers jests, a jugglers cheats,
A tumbler showing cunning feats,
Or players acting on a stage,
There goes the bounty of our age :
         But unto any pious motion
         Theres little coin and less devotion.

Henry Farley

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Wordsworth A Complaint ("There is a changeand I am poor")
  • Rose Cooke A Complaint ("A hot noon filled the Autumn sky")

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