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On an Old Miser that Hoarded his Treasure in a Steel Chest, and bury'd it.

1 CAnst Thou in Dungeons smother up that Pelf
2 That's dearer to thee than thy Self?
3 Th' ill-treated Pris'ner is debar'd the sight
4 Of its own cheerful Parent Light.
5 Dost Thou in such strict Ward thy Gold retain,
6 As Pagans did their Idols Chain,
7 Lest some audacious Foe by Force shou'd seize
8 Or charm away their Deities?
9 In Vain from Others Reach thou dost confine
10 What is no Less reserv'd from Thine!
11 So Merchants rather than resign their goods
12 To Pyrats, sink them in the Floods.
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13 Dull Miser, nought of thy laborious Gains
14 Falls to thy share, beside the Pains.
15 Like the dull Ass thou Starv'st beneath a Pack
16 Of Provender that breaks thy Back.
17 Think not Thou dost like Nature to Inter
18 Thy Gold, cause 'twas Inter'd by Her;
19 The Cell which Nature gave it, was a Womb
20 To Breed the Oar, but Thine its Tomb.

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Title (in Source Edition): On an Old Miser that Hoarded his Treasure in a Steel Chest, and bury'd it.
Author: Nahum Tate
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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 57-58. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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