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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
To Time
By A. W.
 
ETERNAL Time, that wasteth without waste!
  That art, and art not! diest, and livest still;
Most slow of all; and yet of greatest haste;
  Both ill and good; and neither good, nor ill;
    How can I justly praise thee, or dispraise:        5
    Dark are thy nights, but bright and clear thy days!
 
Both free and scarce, thou giv’st and tak’st again;
  Thy womb, that all doth breed, is tomb to all;
Whatso by thee hath life, by thee is slain;
  From thee, do all things rise: by thee they fall!        10
    Constant, inconstant, moving, standing still;
    Was, Is, Shall Be, do thee both breed and kill!
 
I lose thee, while I seek to find thee out;
  The farther off, the more I follow thee;
The faster hold, the greater cause of doubt.        15
  Was, Is, I know: but Shall, I cannot see.
    All things by thee are measured; thou, by none:
    All are in thee. Thou, in thyself alone!

THE END.
 
 
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