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Shakespeare, William - Poor Soul, the centre of my sinful earth



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Shakespeare believed that we tend to place just a little too much emphasis on the fabric of the building when we ought to be spending a little more time on its interior. Give that the fabric of the building is extremely short lived comparatively speaking and the immortal soul outlives it, then the soul is more important than the body

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William Shakespeare

 Poor Soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
Fooled by those rebel powers that thee array
Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth
Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?
Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?
Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body's end?
Then Soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss,
And let that pine to aggravate thy store;
Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross;
Within be fed, without be rich no more;
So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men,
And death once dead, there's no more dying then

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Shakespeare, William

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