WR In Sickness
WRITTEN IN OCTOBER, 1714

Soon after the author's coming to live in Ireland, upon the Queen's death.[1] - Swift.

'Tis true - then why should I repine
To see my life so fast decline?
But why obscurely here alone,
Where I am neither loved nor known?
My state of health none care to learn; 5
My life is here no soul's concern:
And those with whom I now converse
Without a tear will tend my hearse.
Removed from kind Arbuthnot's aid,
Who knows his art, but not his trade, 10
Preferring his regard for me
Before his credit, or his fee.
Some formal visits, looks, and words,
What mere humanity affords,
I meet perhaps from three or four, 15
From whom I once expected more;
Which those who tend the sick for pay,
Can act as decently as they:
But no obliging, tender friend,
To help at my approaching end. 20
My life is now a burthen grown
To others, ere it be my own.

Ye formal weepers for the sick,
In your last offices be quick;
And spare my absent friends the grief 25
To hear, yet give me no relief;
Expired to-day, entomb'd to-morrow,
When known, will save a double sorrow.



Extra Info:
repine=complain
John Arbuthnot (1667-1735) was a Scottish physician.
burthen=burden
Queen Anne died 1st August, 1714.
This poem was written in 1714, soon after the author, an Anglo-Irish satirist, moved from England to Ireland.
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The narrator's insistence in lines 3-6 that he is "alone" and "neither lov'd nor known," that "none care," and that he is "no Soul's Concern" is called into question by which of the following lines? *
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