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O happiness enjoy'd but of a few! (23)

And, if possess'd, as soon decay'd and done (24)

As is the morning's silver-melting dew (25)

Against the golden splendour of the sun! (26)

An expired date, cancell'd ere well begun:
Honor and beauty, in the owner's arms, (28)

Are weakly fortress'd from a world of harms.

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