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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 77b

Dum vivo, prosum

An aged tree, whose sappe is almoste spente,
Yet yeeldes her boughes, to warme us in the coulde:
And while it growes, her offalles still be lente,
But being falne, it turneth into moulde,
   And doth no good: soe ere to grave wee fall,
   Wee maie do good, but after none at all.