Hast Thou Been to Paradise?

Hast thou been to Paradise?

He asked me as I rolled the dice

In a small game of chance.

That word does not suit my fanc'.

Nothing is certain, I say,

Nor Heaven, nor Hell, nor Purgatory.

Life is a game, my dear friend.

Like this game of chance; for th'end

Is yet unknown to me and to you.

Be it Paradise of th'hell down below.

Have I been to Paradise?

Nay, my friend, for the dice

Is still in His Almighty hand.

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