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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

All Is Naught


I LIVE, and yet methinks I do not breathe;

I thirst and drink, I drink and thirst again;

I sleep and yet do dream I am awake;

I hope for that I have; I have and want:

I sing and sigh; I love and hate at once.

O, tell me, restless soul, what uncouth jar

Doth cause in store such want, in peace such war?