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Henry Vaughan: Let us ‘midst noise and war of peace and mirth discuss

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Henry Vaughan
From To his retired friend, An Invitation to Brecknock

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Come then! and while the slow icicle hangs
At the stiff thatch, and Winter’s frosty pangs
Benumb the year, blithe — as of old — let us
‘Midst noise and war of peace and mirth discuss.
This portion thou wert born for: why should we
Vex at the time’s ridiculous misery?
An age that thus hath fool’d itself, and will
— Spite of thy teeth and mine — persist so still.

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