Rudyard Kipling
Cities and Thrones and Powers (1906)

 

Cities and Thrones and Powers,

 

Stand in Time’s eye,

 

Almost as long as flowers,

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Which daily die:

 

But, as new buds put forth,

 

To glad new men,

 

Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth,

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The Cities rise again.

 

 

 

This season’s Daffodil,

 

She never hears

 

What change, what chance, what chill,

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Cut down last year’s:

 

But with bold countenance,

 

And knowledge small,

 

Esteems her seven days’ continuance

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To be perpetual.

 

 

 

So time that is o’er kind,

 

To all that be,

 

Ordains us e’en as blind,

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As bold as she:

 

That in our very death,

 

And burial sure,

 

Shadow to shadow, well-persuaded, saith,

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"See how our works endure!"