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A Comparison

William Cowper 1731 (Berkhamsted) – 1800 (Dereham)



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,
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 crown’d!
But time, that should enrich the nobler mind,
Neglected, leaves a dreary waste behind.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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William Macquarie Cowper was an Australian Anglican archdeacon and Dean of Sydney. more…

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