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Since our affairs will not go in accordance with our wishes
Whither will the anguish of our strife tend
We rest continually in the grief that
We came too late & that we must go too soon.

 

Nic 41

Puisque les choses ne doivent pas se passer suivant nos désirs, à quoi servent nos desseins et nos efforts? Nous sommes constamment à nous tourmenter et à nous dire en soupirant de regret: Ah! nous sommes arrivés trop tard, trop tôt il nous faudra partir!

Th 86

Since Life's affairs move not to our desire.
Of what avail our efforts, pray inquire.
Here sit we haunted by regret for this.
We came so late, and must so soon expire.

Wh 45

Facts will not change to humour man's caprice,
So vaunt not human powers, hut hold your peace;
Here must we stay, weighed down with grief for this,
That we were born so late, so soon decease.

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