Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OF MAN'S MORTALITY, by SIMON WASTELL

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First Line: Like as the damask rose you see
Last Line: The swan's near death, -- man's life is done!
Subject(s): Death; Mortality; Dead, The

Like as the damask rose you see,
Or like the blossom on the tree,
Or like the dainty flower in May,
Or like the morning of the day,
Or like the sun, or like the shade,
Or like the gourd which Jonas had, --
E'en such is man; whose thread is spun
Drawn out, and cut, and so is done. --
The rose withers, the blossom blasteth,
The flower fades, the morning hasteth,
The sun sets, the shadow flies,
The gourd consumes, -- and man he dies!
Like to the grass that's newly sprung,
Or like a tale that's new begun,
Or like the bird that's here to-day,
Or like the pearled dew of May,
Or like an hour, or like a span,
Or like the singing of a swan, --
E'en such is man; who lived by breath,
Is here, now there, in life and death. --
The grass withers, the tale is ended,
The bird is flown, the dew's ascended.
The hour is short, the span is long,
The swan's near death, -- man's life is done!

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