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First Line: One day I wrote her name upon the strand
Last Line: Our love shall live, and later life renew.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Variant Title(s): "her Name;our Love Shall Live;to Immortalise His Love;one Day I Wrote Her Name;eternizing Her;""one Day I Wrote Her Name Upon The Strand,"";
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Immortality; Love; Names; Seashore; Thought; Beach; Coast; Shore; Thinking


One day I wrote her name upon the strand,
But came the waves, and washed it away:
Agayne, I wrote it with a second hand;
But came the tyde, and made my paynes his prey.
Vayne man, say'd she, that doest in vayne assay
A mortall thing so to immortalize;
For I my selve shall like to this decay,
And eke my name bee wiped out likewise.
Not so, quod I; let baser things devize
To dy in dust, but thou shall live by fame:
My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,
And in the heavens wryte your glorious name,
Where, when as death shall all the world subdew,
Our love shall live, and later life renew.




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