Q 64

WHen I have seen by time's fell hand defaced
The rich proud cost of outworn buried age,
When sometime lofty towers I see down razed,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage.

When I have seen the hungry Ocean gain
Advantage on the Kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the wat'ry main,
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store.

When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded, to decay,
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
That Time will come and take my love away.

This thought is as a death which cannot choose
But weep to have, that which it fears to lose.
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