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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXXIV. MUTABILITY

          FROM low to high doth dissolution climb,
          And sink from high to low, along a scale
          Of awful notes, whose concord shall not fail;
          A musical but melancholy chime,
          Which they can hear who meddle not with crime,
          Nor avarice, nor over-anxious care.
          Truth fails not; but her outward forms that bear
          The longest date do melt like frosty rime,
          That in the morning whitened hill and plain
          And is no more; drop like the tower sublime                 10
          Of yesterday, which royally did wear
          His crown of weeds, but could not even sustain
          Some casual shout that broke the silent air,
          Or the unimaginable touch of Time.


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