Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SHALL I REPINE, by JONATHAN SWIFT



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First Line: If neither brass nor marble can withstand
Last Line: "is out at elbows, why should I repine?'"
Variant Title(s): The Power Of Time
Subject(s): Aging


If neither brass nor marble can withstand
The mortal force of Time's destructive hand;
If mountains sink to vales, if cities die,
And lessening rivers mourn their fountains dry,
"When my old cassock,' says a Welsh divine,
"Is out at elbows, why should I repine?'






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