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John Oldham

(9 August 1653 – 9 December 1683 / England)

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  • ''And all your future lies beneath your hat.''
    John Oldham (1653-1683), British poet. Lines to a Friend About to Leave the University.
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The Careless Good Fellow

1 A pox of this fooling, and plotting of late,
2 What a pother, and stir has it kept in the state?
3 Let the rabble run mad with suspicions, and fears,
4 Let them scuffle, and jar, till they go by the ears:
5 Their grievances never shall trouble my pate,
6 So I can enjoy my dear bottle at quiet.

7 What coxcombs were those, who would barter their ease
8 And their necks for a toy, a thin wafer and mass?

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