The evening watch
Farewell! I go to sleep; but, when
The day star springs, I'll wake again.
Go, sleep in peace; and when thou liest
Unnumbered in thy dust, when all this frame
Is but one dram, and what thou now descriest
In sev'ral parts shall want a name,
Then may his peace be with thee, and each dust
Writ in his book, who ne'er betray'd man's trust!
Amen! but hark, ere we two stray,
How many hours dost think till day?
Ah! go; thou'rt weak and sleepy. Heav'n
Is a plain watch, and without figures winds
All ages up; who drew this circle even
He fills it; days and hours are blinds.
Yet, this take with thee; the last gasp of time
Is thy first breath, and man's eternal Prime.
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
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