by Robert Herrick

MAN is a watch, wound up at first, but never
Wound up again :  once down, he's down for ever.
The watch once down, all motions then do cease ;
And man's pulse stopp'd, all passions sleep in peace.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 254.

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