Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Preach Not to Me Your Musty Rules

John Dalton (1709-1763), Comus: A Masque. (Now Adapted to the Stage) as Alter'd from Milton's Masque (London: A. Millar, 1762), p. 51 ("Euphrosyne sings"):
Preach not to me your musty rules,
  Ye drones that mould in idle cell;
The heart is wiser than the schools,
  The senses always reason well.

If short my span, I less can spare
  To pass a single pleasure by;
An hour is long, if lost in care;
  They only live, who life enjoy.

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