I've seen my life, without a noble aim, In the mad strife of passions waste away. Fool that I was! to live as if decay Would spare the vital essence in my frame! And Hope, whose flattering dreams are now my shame, Showed years to come, a long and bright array, Yet all too soon my nature sinks a prey To the great evil that with being came. Pleasures, my tyrants! now your reign is past: My soul, recoiling, casts you off to lie In that abyss where all deceits are cast. Oh God! may life's last moments, as they fly, Win back what years have lost, that he, at last, Who knew not how to live, may learn to die.
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