by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)

The Watch
Language: English 
Man is a watch, wound up at first,
but never wound up again;
once down, he's down for ever.
The watch once down all motions then do cease;
And man's pulse stopp'd all passions sleep in peace.


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Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

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