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The Round.

1 HOw Vain a Thing is Man whom Toyes Delight,
2 And shdadows Fright!
3 Variety of Impertinence
4 Might give our Dotage some Pretence;
5 But to a Circle bound,
6 We Toil in a dull Round:
7 We sitt, move, Eat and Drink,
8 We Dress, Undress, Discourse and Think
9 By the same Passions hurri'd on,
10 Imposing or Impos'd upon:
11 We pass the time in Sport or Toil,
12 We Plow the Seas or Safer Soil:
13 Thus all that we Project and Do,
14 We did it many a year agoe.
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15 We Travel still a beaten way,
16 And yet how eager rise we to pursue
17 Th'affairs of each returning day,
18 As if its Entertainments were Surprizing All and New.

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Title (in Source Edition): The Round.
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. 104-105. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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