by Robert Herrick

BY dream I saw one of the three
Sisters of fate appear to me ;
Close to my bedside she did stand,
Showing me there a firebrand ;
She told me too, as that did spend,
So drew my life unto an end.
Three quarters were consum'd of it ;
Only remained a little bit,
Which will be burnt up by-and-by ;
Then, Julia, weep, for I must die.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 192.

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