Madrigal 4

by William Drummond

William Drummond

This world a hunting is:
The prey, poor man; the Nimrod fierce is death;
His speedy greyhounds are
Lust, sickness, envy, care,
Strife that ne'er falls amiss,
With all those ills which haunt us while we breathe.
Now if, by chance, we fly
Of these the eager chase,
Old age with stealing pace
Casts up his nets, and there we panting die.

Last updated January 14, 2019