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by Petrarch, Francesco
...lf, I went,And, nor alive, nor dead, the long day past.But, because time flies fast,And the pen answers ill my good intent,Full many a thing long written in my mindI here omit; and only mention suchWhereat who hears them now will marvel much.Death so his hand around my vitals twined,Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...To fail me and forsake in worse excess of pain. Time flies apace: the silent hours and swiftSo urge his journey on,Short span to me is leftEven to think how quick to death I run;Scarce, in the orient heaven, yon mountain crestSmiles in the sun's first ray,Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco> The day must come, nor distant far its date,Time flies so swift and sure,O peerless and alone!When death my heart, now conscience struck, shall seize:Commend me, Virgin! then to thy dear Son,True God and Very Man,That my last sigh in peace may, in his arms, be breathed!...Read More

by Rossetti, Christina> 


Con miglior corso e con migliore stella. - Dante
La vita fugge e non s'arresta un' ora. - Petrarca

Time flies, hope flags, life plies a wearied wing;
Death following hard on life gains ground apace;
Faith runs with each and rears an eager face,
Outruns the rest, makes light of everything,
Spurns earth, and still finds breath to pray and sing;
While love ahead of all uplifts his praise,
Still asks for grace and still gives thanks for grace,
Content with al...Read More

by Southey, Robert to the brim thy cup of happiness,
Whilst her unclouded sun
Illumes thy summer day,

Canst thou rejoice--rejoice that Time flies fast?
That Night shall shadow soon thy summer sun?
That swift the stream of Years
Rolls to Eternity?

If thou hast wealth to gratify each wish,
If Power be thine, remember what thou art--
Remember thou art Man,
And Death thine heritage!

Hast thou known Love? does Beauty's better sun
Cheer thy fond heart with no capricious smile,
Her eye all eloqu...Read More

by Petrarch, Francesco
...class=i0>Than, ere that day shall dawn, the parting years. But, since time flies, and roll the rapid years,And death may, in the midst, of life, assail,With full brown locks, or scant and silver hair,I still the shade of that sweet laurel greenFollow, through fiercest sun and deepest snow,Till the l...Read More

by Schiller, Friedrich von
...Time flies on restless pinions--constant never.
Be constant--and thou chainest time forever....Read More

by Nicolson, Adela Florence Cory
...Each finds the old, lost Paradise again,
     Unfolding leaves, and roses, nesting doves.

   And though that sunlit time flies all too fleetly,
     Delightful Days that dance away too soon!
   Its early morning freshness lingers sweetly
     Throughout life's grey and tedious afternoon.

   And he, whose dreams enshrine her tender eyes,
     And she, whose senses wait his waking hand,
   Impatient youth, that tired but sleepless lies,
     Will read perhaps, and ...Read More

by Hugo, Victor of Etrétat, 
 Who listless on his elbow leans 
 Through all the weary winter scenes, 
 As tired of thought—as on Time flies— 
 And watching only rainy skies! 


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