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The Gold-hater.

1 WEll, I perceive the Antipathy
2 Is mutual now 'twixt Gold and Me;
3 For that flies me as fast as I
4 The false pernicious mettal flie.
5 So wild a Prey why shou'd I Trace
6 That yields no Pleasure in the Chase?
7 A Prey that must with Toil be sought,
8 And which I prize not when 'tis Caught.
9 Gold I contemn when rude i'th' Oar,
10 But in a Crown despise it more.
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11 No Crown can any Temples fit
12 So well, but 'twill uneasie sit.
13 By an Eternal Law of Fate,
14 Vexations still attend on State;
15 Insep'rable by Humane Art,
16 A Crown'd-Head and an Aking-Heart.

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Title (in Source Edition): The Gold-hater.
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. 78-79. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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