From low to
high doth dissolution climb,
And sink from high to low, along a scale
Of awful notes, whose concord shall not
A musical but melancholy chime,
Which they can hear who meddle not with
Nor avarice, nor over-anxious care.
Truth fails not; but her outward forms that
The longest date do melt like frosty rime,
That in the morning whitened hill and plain
And is no more; drop like the tower sublime
Of yesterday, which royally did wear
His crown of weeds, but could not even sustain
Some casual shout that broke the silent air,
Or the unimaginable touch of Time.