Calcutta nr. 109 *
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.
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.
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.
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!