Much water has been passed under the bridge

Time, by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality,
And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
Who shall put forth on thee,
Unfathomable Sea?

Sonnet 19, by The Bard

Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger’s jaws,
And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;
Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets,
And do whate’er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
But I forbid thee one most heinous crime:

O, carve not with thy hours my love’s fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen;
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty’s pattern to succeeding men.
Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong,
My love shall in my verse ever live young.

Time was when they still taught Shakespeare, when they still valued education.  Time was when your home was your castle, when the criminal was imprisoned and the innocent were protected.  Time was when adults did adult things and children did childish things.  Time was when white was white and black was black. Time moves on.

7 comments for “Much water has been passed under the bridge

  1. QM
    February 26, 2010 at 21:44

    There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.

    – Bill Watterson

  2. February 26, 2010 at 22:10

    At a Dave Allen show I was sitting with a hand on my shoulder as it was in pain at the time.
    “Are you a Mormon?” he asked and everyone laughed.

    I still don’t get it.

  3. JD
    February 26, 2010 at 22:44

    another Shakespeare quote-

    “But thought’s the slave of life, and life time’s fool;
    And time, that takes survey of all the world,
    Must have a stop.”

    Harry Hotspur’s dying breath in Henry IV

  4. February 26, 2010 at 23:03

    It’s getting a bit philosophical this evening, people.

  5. February 26, 2010 at 23:47

    Well, I’ll lower the tone: “Drink red wine, crap well and don’t worry about anything else” – Scilian proverb.

  6. February 27, 2010 at 22:18

    Dave Allen was greatm certainly compared with the dross that passed for stand up comics in the 70s.

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