ALL THINGS DECAY AND DIE.
by Robert Herrick
ALL things decay with time : the forest sees
The growth and downfall of her aged trees ;
That timber tall, which threescore lusters stood
The proud dictator of the state-like wood,
I mean (the sovereign of all plants) the oak,
Droops, dies, and falls without the cleaver's stroke.
Lusters, the Roman reckoning of five years.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 25.