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Poem by Anna Seward


Sonnet 8. Short is the time the oldest Being lives


    TRANSLATION.

Short is the time the oldest Being lives,
    Nor has Longevity one hour to waste;
    Life's duties are proportion'd to the haste
    With which it fleets away;Чeach day receives
Its task, that if neglected, surely gives
    The morrow double toil.ЧYe, who have pass'd
    In idle sport the days that fled so fast,
    Days, that nor Grief recalls, nor Care retrieves,
At length be wise, and think, that of the part
    Remaining in that vital period given,
How short the date, and at the prospect start,
Ere to the extremest verge your steps be driv'n!
    Nor let a moment unimprov'd depart,
    But view it as the latest trust of Heav'n!



Anna Seward


Anna Seward's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 45. From Possibility's dim chaos sprung
  2. Sonnet 87. Round Cleon's brow the Delphic laurels twine
  3. Sonnet 56. What bashful wildness in those crystal eyes
  4. Sonnet 28. O, Genius! does thy Sun-resembling beam
  5. Sonnet 78. Sophia tempts me to her social walls


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