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Be prudent ! for the means of life are uncertain,
Take heed ! for the sword of destiny is keen,
If fortune place almond sweets in thy very mouth
Beware ! swallow them not, for poison is mingled therein.

 

Bodl 44

Be prudent, for the means of life are uncertain;
take heed, for the sword of destiny is keen.
If fortune place almond-sweets in thy very mouth,
beware! swallow them not, for poison is mingled therein.

P 82

Beware of Chance, for cause of stress and teen 't is;
Sit not secure from Fortune's sword, for keen 't is;
Ay, and if Time set sweetmeat on thy palate,
Swallow it not, for poison-mixt, I ween, 't is.

Th 151

See that the false world doth not thee ensnare.
Sit not secure ! Fate's sword is sharp, take care!
If Fortune drop a sweetmeat in thy mouth.
Swallow it not, 'tis poison mixed, beware!

Wh 103

Dame Fortune's smiles are full of guile, beware!
Her scimitar is sharp to smite, take care!
If e'er she drop a sweetmeat in thy mouth,
'Tis poisonous, - to swallow it forbear!

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