Cities and Thrones and Powers

(A Centurion of the Thirtieth)

Cities and Thrones and Powers
     Stand in Time's eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
     Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth 
     To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth,
     The Cities rise again. 

This season's Daffodil,
     She never hears,
What change, what chance, what chill, 
     Cut down last year's;
But with bold countenance,
     And knowledge small,
Esteems her seven days' continuance 
     To be perpetual. 

So Time that is o'er-kind 
     To all that be,
Ordains us e'en as blind, 
     As bold as she:
That in our very death, 
     And burial sure,
Shadow to shadow, well persuaded, saith, 
     "See how our works endure!"

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