by Robert Herrick

BREAK off delay, since we but read of one
That ever prospered by cunctation.

   Cunctation, delay :  the word  is suggested by the name
of  Fabius Cunctator, the conqueror of  the Carthaginians,
addressed  by  Virg.  (Æn.  vi.  846)  as  “ Unus  qui  nobis
cunctando  restituis  rem”.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 63.

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