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

Lines Written on a Garden Seat

George Gascoigne (d. 1577)

IF thou sit here to view this pleasant garden place,

Think thus—At last will come a frost and all these flowers deface:

But if thou sit at ease to rest thy weary bones,

Remember death brings final rest to all our grievous groans;

So whether for delight, or here thou sit for ease,

Think still upon the latter day: so shalt thou God best please.