Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MY TIMEPIECE, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER



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First Line: The hour has struck its advent and farewell
Last Line: One, two, three, four', - trips daintily away.
Subject(s): Clocks; Time


The hour has struck its advent and farewell,
And hark! another hour begins to beat!
As when a crier stops, and rings his bell
To tell a loss, then on with busy feet
To raise the cry elsewhere; our flying hours
We waste, and baulk them of their noblest use;
And so disable our best gifts and powers,
Or leave them open to the fiend's abuse;
Or should I - the same moral to convey -
A more derisive apologue subjoin,
My clock's a mocking thief, who steals my coin,
Then, counting up the sum, as if to say,
'How many precious pieces I purloin,
One, two, three, four', - trips daintily away.





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