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Joanna Baillie (Джоанна Бейли)

On Time

Addressed to a lady on her 84th birth-day.

TIME sooth, since Time has been, has still sustain'd
The varied murmurs of each wayward mood,
Of tedious pace, of hasty flight arraign'd,
His loss lamented and his influence woo'd.
How is it, favour'd Lady, that on thee
This blighting power no rugged mark has shed?
But traces still, with fairest courtesy,
His gentle progress o'er thy silver'd head?
No vain regrets to thy remembrance cling,
No ill-spent hours thy tranquil mind appal,
Nor would'st thou wish to check his rapid wing,
Or transient joys of scenes long past recal.
Then tell the gay who bask in youthful prime,
Time honours thee, for thou hast honoured Time.

Joanna Baillie's other poems:
  1. Verses Written In February, 1827
  2. Stanzas, Suggested By A Canzone Of Petrarch
  3. Lines To A Parrot
  4. Devotional Song For A Negro Child
  5. The Fountain

Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • John Milton (Джон Мильтон) On Time ("Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race")
  • Jonathan Swift (Джонатан Свифт) On Time ("Ever eating, never cloying")
  • Francis Quarles (Фрэнсис Куорлс) On Time ("Time's an hand's-breadth; 'tis a tale")

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