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TO HIS WATCH, WHEN HE COULD NOT SLEEP, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Uncessant minutes, whilst you move you tell
Last Line: You die in time, time in eternity.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cherbury, 1st Baron Herbert Of; Herbert Of Cherbury, Edward Herbert, 1st Baron; Herbert Of Cherbury, Lord
Subject(s): Insomnia; Watches; Sleeplessness


UNCESSANT minutes, whilst you move you tell
The time that tells our life, which, though it run
Never so fast or far, your new-begun
Short steps shall overtake; for though life well

May 'scape his own account, it shall not yours:
You are Death's auditors, that both divide
And sum whate'er that life inspir'd endures
Past a beginning, and through you we bide

The doom of Fate, whose unrecall'd decree
You date, bring, execute; making what's new
(Ill and good) old; for as we die in you,
You die in Time, Time in Eternity.





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