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SEVEN SONNETS ON THE THOUGHT OF DEATH: 5, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If it is thou whose casual hand withdraws
Last Line: The skiey picture we had gazed upon.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


IF it is thou whose casual hand withdraws
What it at first as casually did make,
Say what amount of ages it will take
With tardy rare concurrences of laws,
And subtle multiplicities of cause,
The thing they once had made us to remake;
May hopes dead slumbering dare to reawake,
E'en after utmost interval of pause,
What revolutions must have passed, before
The great celestial cycles shall restore
The starry sign whose present hour is gone;
What worse than dubious chances interpose,
With cloud and sunny gleam to recompose
The skiey picture we had gazed upon.





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