The lapse of time and rivers is the same, Both speed their journey with a restless stream,
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.
~ William Cowper
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