Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 34. MUTABILITY, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH



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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 3: 34. MUTABILITY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: From low to high doth dissolution climb
Last Line: Or the unimaginable touch of time.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; Transience; Impermanence


FROM low to high doth dissolution climb,
And sink from high to low, along a scale
Of awful notes, whose concord shall not fail;
A musical but melancholy chime,
Which they can hear who meddle not with crime,
Nor avarice, nor over-anxious care.
Truth fails not; but her outward forms that bear
The longest date do melt like frosty rime,
That in the morning whitened hill and plain
And is no more; drop like the tower sublime
Of yesterday, which royally did wear
His crown of weeds, but could not even sustain
Some casual shout that broke the silent air,
Or the unimaginable touch of Time.







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