by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564)
Translation by Nathan Haskell Dole (1852 - 1935)

All things living soon must perish
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
All things living soon shall perish,
All things, all things that men cherish,
Time is fleeting and the splendid sun 
beholdeth thought and action, sorrow, pleasure quickly ended.
Fled like shadows in a second,
Like a vapor swept away.
We were also men like you,
Gay and mournful, false and true,
Now we are but lifeless clay,
And in earth our forms must vanish.
All things living soon shall perish,
All things, all things that men cherish.

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