Cities and Thrones and Powers

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"Cities and Thrones and Powers"
by Rudyard Kipling
From Puck of Pook's Hill (1906), where it accompanies the story A Centurion of the Thirtieth.


Cities and Thrones and Powers
  Stand in Time's eye,
Almost as long as flowers
  Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth
  To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth
  The Cities rise again.

This season's Daffodil,
  She never hears
What change, what chance, what chill,
  Cut down last year's;
But with bold countenance,
  And knowledge small,
Esteems her seven days' continuance
  To be perpetual.

So Time that is o'er-kind
  To all that be,
Ordains us e'en as blind,
  As bold as she:
That in our very death,
  And burial sure,
Shadow to shadow, well persuaded, saith,
  "See how our works endure!"


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