Analysis of Change
George Wither 1588 (Bentworth) – 1667
The voice which I did more esteem
Than music in her sweetest key,
Those eyes which unto me did seem
More comfortable than the day,
These now by me as they have been
Shall never more be heard or seen,
But what I once enjoyed in them
Shall seem hereafter as a dream.
All earthly comforts vanish thus,
So little hold of them have we;
That we from them, or they from us,
May in a moment vanished be:
Yet we are neither just nor wise,
If present mercies we despise;
Or mind not how there may be made
A thankful use of what we had.
|Metre||01111101 11000101 11110111 11000101 11111111 11011111 11110101 11010101 11010101 11011111 11111111 10010101 11110111 11010101 11111111 01011111|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||8, 8|
|Letters per line (avg)||26|
|Words per line (avg)||7|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||204|
|Words per stanza (avg)||53|
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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