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The Counter-Turn.

1 OBserve that Pile of skulls, but chiefly There
2 That mossye skull Survey:
3 Do's the sage Front display
4 Plots, Projects, and nocturall Care?
5 Methinks it shou'd, for once it did belong
6 T'a Machiavilian that cou'd Shock a State,
7 And trusted He cou'd Bastle Fate.
8 Who wou'd have sought that Head-piece in this Throng?
9 The plotting Wight promis'd that skull a Crown,
10 In Lowest Earth He founded the Design,
11 With Heav'n the Roof did join;
12 'Till with a suddain shock of Fate O're-thrown,
13 The Fabrick fell on the Contrivers Head,
14 And crusht th'aspiring Politician Dead.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Counter-Turn.
Author: Nahum Tate
Genres: sonnet

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, p. 113. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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