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TOMBS IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY
by Frances Beaumont Mortality, behold and fear
What a change of flesh is here!
Think how many royal bones
Sleep within these heaps of stones;
Here they lie, had realms and lands,/Who now want strength to stir their hands,
Where from their pulpits sealed with dust
They preach, “In greatness is no trust.”
Here’s an acre sown indeed
With the richest royallest seed
That the earth did e’er suck in
Since the first man died for sin:
Here the bones of birth have cried
“Though gods they were, as men they died!”
Here are sands, ignoble things,
Dropped from the ruined…

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