Poems of Passion/Time and Love

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Time flies. The swift hours hurry by
        And speed us on to untried ways;
New seasons ripen, perish, die,
        And yet love stays.
The old, old love—like sweet, at first,
        At last like bitter wine—
I know not if it blest or curst
        Thy life and mine.

Time flies. In vain our prayers, our tears!
        We cannot tempt him to delays;
Down to the past he bears the years,
        And yet love stays.
Through changing task and varying dream
        We hear the same refrain,
As one can hear a plaintive theme
        Run through each strain.

Time flies. He steals our pulsing youth;
        He robs us of our care-free days;
He takes away our trust and truth:
        And yet love stays.
O Time! take love! When love is vain,
        When all its best joys die—
When only its regrets remain—
        Let love, too, fly.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.