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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
A Comparison
By William Cowper (1731–1800)
 
THE LAPSE of time and rivers is the same,
Both speed their journey with a restless stream;
The silent pace with which they steal away,
No wealth can bribe, no prayers persuade to stay;
Alike irrevocable both when past,        5
And a wide ocean swallows both at last.
Though each resemble each in every part,
A difference strikes at length the musing heart;
Streams never flow in vain; where streams abound
How laughs the land with various plenty crowned!        10
But time, that should enrich the nobler mind,
Neglected, leaves a dreary waste behind.
 
 
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