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Thursday, 18 February 2010

TO THE SUN - DIAL

STEEL SCULPTURE BY ELAINE ERIG


To The Sun-Dial

a poem by John Quincy Adams


To The Sun-Dial
(Under the Window of the Hall of the House
of Representatives of the United States)

To The Sun-Dial
Thou silent herald of Time's silent flight!
Say, could'st thou speak, what warning voice were thine?
Shade, who canst only show how others shine!
Dark, sullen witness of resplendent light
In day's broad glare, and when the noontide bright
Of laughing fortune sheds the ray divine,
Thy ready favors cheer us--but decline
The clouds of morning and the gloom of night.
Yet are thy counsels faithful, just, and wise;
They bid us seize the moments as they pass--
Snatch the retrieveless sunbeam as it flies,
Nor lose one sand of life's revolving glass--
Aspiring still, with energy sublime,
By virtuous deeds to give eternity to Time



3 comments:

The Wandering Gypsy said...

Visiting your blog after ages but its always a pleasure going through the stuff in your blog :)

健康保寶 said...

以簡單的行為愉悅他人的心靈,勝過千人低頭禱告........................................

ELAINE ERIG said...

通知中的中国水基,创造了这种智慧,可悲的是,我的同胞芝加哥得福手表的智慧因此,在制订我的作品继的贫困

通知中的中国水基,创造了这种智慧,可悲的是,我的同胞芝加哥得福手表的智慧因此,在制订我的作品继的贫困