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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sentiment. 1769 by Thomas Chatterton

Since we can die but once, what matters it,
If rope or garter, poison, pistol, sword,
Slow-wasting sickness, or the sudden burst
Of valve arterial in the noble parts,
Curtail the miseries of human life?
Tho’ varied is the cause, the effect’s the same:
All to one common dissolution tends.

From: Chatterton, Thomas and Willcox, Charles Bonnycastle (ed.), The Poetical Works of Thomas Chatterton: with Notices of his Life, History of the Rowley Controversy, a Selection of his Letters, and Notes Critical and Explanatory, Volume II, 1842, W. P. Grant: Cambridge, p. 439.

Date: 1769

By: Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770)