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... mix no more with goodness ; when at last, Gathered like scum, and settled to
itself, It shall be in eternal restless change, Self-fed, and self-consumed : 26 if this
fail, The pillared firmament 27 is rottenness, And earth's base built on stubble.
Spenser, "Faerie Queene," ii. 12, 75: — " Gather therefore the rose, whilst yet is
prime, For soon comes age, that will her pride deflower ; Gather the rose of love,
whilst yet is time, Whilst loving thou mayst loved be with equal crime." — Newton.
Guendolen, all in rage, departs into Cornwall, and, gathering an army of her
father's friends and subjects, gives battle to her husband by the river Sture ;
wherein Locrine, shot with an arrow, ends his life. But not so ends the fury of
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