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First Line: How strange it is that, in the after age
Last Line: "and men will say, ""thus did the men of yore."
Alternate Author Name(s): Schuyler-lighthall, William Douw
Subject(s): Time

HOW strange it is that, in the after age, --
When Time's clepsydra will be nearer dry,
That all the accustomed things we now pass by
Unmarked, because familiar, shall engage
The antique reverence of men to be;
And that quaint interest which prompts the sage
The silent fathoms of the past to gauge
Shall keep alive our own past memory,
Making all great of ours, the garb we wear,
Our voiceless cities, reft of roof and spire,
The very skull whence now the eye of fire
Glances bright sign of what the soul can dare.
So shall our annals make an envied lore,
And men will say, "Thus did the men of yore."

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