by Robert Herrick

BE not proud, but now incline
Your soft ear to discpline.
You have changes in your life—
Sometimes peace and sometimes strife ;
You have ebbs of face and flows,
As your health or comes or goes ;
You have hopes, and doubts, and fears
Numberless, as are your hairs.
You have pulses that do beat
High, and passions less of heat.
You are young, but must be old,
And, to these, ye must be told
Time ere long will come and plough
Loathed furrows in your brow :
And the dimness of your eye
Will no other thing imply
      But you must die
      As well as I.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 120.

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