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...gone the way of love Into the drear oblivion of lost things. Ghosts go along with us until the end; This was a mistress, this, perhaps, a friend. With pale, indifferent eyes, we sit and wait For the dropped curtain and the closing gate: This is the end of all the songs man sings.
Ernest Dowson [1867-1900]
THE PARADOX OF TIME A Variation On Ronsard
"Le temps s'en va, le temps s'en va, ma dame! Las! le temps non: mais nous nous en allons!"
Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas,Time stays, we go.Or else, were this not so, What need to chain the hours, For Youth were always ours? Time goes, you say? - ah no!
Ours is the eyes' deceit Of men whose flying feet Lead through some landscape low; We pass, and think we see The earth's fixed surface flee: - Alas, Time stays - we go!
Once in the days of old, Your locks were curling gold, And mine had shamed the crow. Now, in the self-same stage, We've reached the silver age; Time goes, you say? - ah no!
Once, when my voice... Mencken, H. L.
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