Of These Things That Weaken

 

After Thomas Hobbes

 

nothing can be immortal,

which mortals make—

though, designed to live,

the fault is not in Man

they are but matter

if not the makers of matter

orderers of irregular jostling,

hewing one another,

desiring with all their hearts

the habit, like madmen

and, in verse, to have

that power never so

little limited

as long as able

he may seek it anywhere—

and when he hath it,

is obliged to keep it.

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