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First Line: We measure life with our short span of years
Last Line: Growth till we wake, and shall be satisfied.
Subject(s): Time; Universities & Colleges - Faculty; Wellesley College


WE measure life with our short span of years,
And count the flying moments, hours, and days;
Turn back on past delights a mournful gaze,
Perplex the future with a thousand fears;
Chide Time, who all the happy past endears,
And bid him stay his course to suit our ways,
Not knowing that his flight demands our praise,
Or how "shall be" exceeds "what now appears."

For Time leads onward to immortal day,
To which the changes serve us as a guide;
For Time brings changes, so the poets say.
Then welcome change. We are no longer loath
To bid the years farewell, for Time is growth --
Growth till we wake, and shall be satisfied.





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