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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
XXX. Revolutions
 
LIKE as the waves make towards the pebbled shore 
So do our minutes hasten to their end; 
Each changing place with that which goes before, 
In sequent toil all forwards do contend. 
  
Nativity, once in the main of light,         5
Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown'd, 
Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight, 
And Time that gave, doth now his gift confound. 
  
Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth, 
And delves the parallels in beauty's brow;  10
Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth, 
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:— 
  
And yet, to times in hope, my verse shall stand 
Praising Thy worth, despite his cruel hand. 
 
 
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