The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 8/The Power of Time
THE POWER OF TIME. 1730.
IF neither brass nor marble can withstand
The mortal force of Time's destructive hand;
If mountains sink to vales, if cities die,
And lessening rivers mourn their fountains dry:
When my old cassock (said a Welsh divine)
Is out at elbows; why should I repine?