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Anno Domini 1787.
Pallida Mors æquo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas, Regumque turres.
Pale death with equal foot strikes wide the door
Was man (frail always) made more frail
Than in foregoing years?
That so much death appears?
No; these were vigorous as their fires,
Nor plague nor famine came; This annual tribute death requires,
And never waves his claim.
Read, ye that run, the solemn truth,
With which I charge my page; A worm is in the bud of youth,
And at the root of age.
So prays your clerk with all his heart,
And ere he quits the pen,
And answer all-Amen!
ON A SIMILAR OCCASION,
FOR THE YEAR 1788.
Quod adest, memento
Ah felf-deceived ! Could I prophetic fay