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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Time
By Vincenzo da Filicaia (1642–1707)
 
I SAW a mighty river, wild and vast,
  Whose rapid waves were moments, which did glide
  So swiftly onward in their silent tide,
That ere their flight was heeded, they were past;
A river, that to death’s dark shores doth fast        5
  Conduct all living with resistless force,
  And though unfelt, pursues its noiseless course,
To quench all fires in Lethe’s stream at last.
Its current with creation’s birth was born;
  And with the heaven’s commenced its march sublime,        10
    In days and months, still hurrying on untired.
Marking its flight, I inwardly did mourn,
    And of my musing thoughts in doubt inquired
  The river’s name: my thoughts responded, Time.
 
 
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