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The Male Content.

1 MOngst winding Rocks (his swelling griefs t'allay)
2 The disappointed Thirsis took his way.
3 In the Wild Clifts a natu'ral Vaut he found
4 With woven Ivye Cheaply deckt around.
5 He rusht into the Solitary Nook,
6 Where into these Pathetick Sounds he broke.
7 Oh when will Nature take the life she gave,
8 And Lodge me free from Trouble in the Grave!
9 Sleep there alone deserves the Name of Rest,
10 No frightfull Dreams the sleep of Death infest.
11 Whilst shrouded in this marble Cell I Lye,
12 What can be more Commodious than to Dye?
13 Each Object Here wears such a mournfull Face,
14 That Dying seems the Business of the Place!
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15 Here from the wrangling World I will Retire,
16 And as I Liv'd Unknown, Unknown Expire.
17 Then let that hanging Rock that shades my Head
18 Sink down, and shutt this Vaut when I am Dead:
19 Rude as it is, this Marble Cell wou'd save
20 Th'expensive Rites that formall Burialls crave,
21 It self my Cossin, Monument and Grave.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Male Content.
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. 105-106. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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