Horas non numero nisi serenas. There stands in the garden of old St. Mark A sun dial quaint and gray. It takes no heed of the hours which in dark Pass oer it day by day. It has stood for ages amid the flowers In that land of sky and song. I number none but the cloudless hours, Its motto the live day long. Wm. C. Doane. Of a Sun Dial in Venice.
Our lifes a flying shadow, Gods the pole, The index pointing at Him is our soul; Death the horizon, when our sun is set, Which will through Christ a resurrection get. Sun Dial inscription once on the South wall of Glasgow Cathedral.
Lheure de la justice ne sonne pas Aux cadrans de ce monde: The hour of justice does not strike On the dials of this world. MaeterlinckMeasure of the Hours. Motto on a Sun Dial on a church at Tourette-sur-Loup.
Once at a potent leaders voice I stayed; Once I went back when a good monarch prayed; Mortals, howeer we grieve, howeer deplore, The flying shadow will return no more. In Cyrus ReddingFifty Years Recollections. Vol. III. P. 86. Attributed to William Hamilton in Chalmers Poets. Vol. XV. P. 620.
If oer the dial glides a shade, redeem The time for lo! it passes like a dream; But if tis all a blank, then mark the loss Of hours unblest by shadows from the cross. On a Sun Dial in a churchyard at Shenstone, England.
Time is Too Slow for those who Wait, Too Swift for those who Fear, Too Long for those who Grieve, Too Short for those who Rejoice, But for those who Love Time is not. Henry Van DykeMotto for Katrinas Sun Dial. In Mrs. Spencer Trasks Garden of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs.
With warning hand I mark Times rapid flight, From Lifes glad morning to its solemn night; Yet, through the dear Lords love, I also show Theres light above me by the shade I throw. WhittierInscription on a Sun Dial for the Rev. Henry T. Bowditch.