In Sun and Shade: A Book of Verse

by Frederick George Scott


 

THE TYRANNY OF TIME


 

I HEAR a ghostly passing bell
    In the thunder of the sea,
By day and night it tolls the knell
    Of all that is to be;
No hands have set it in its place
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    Nor compassed it with bars,
It hangs beneath the dome of space
    And swings among the stars.

The silent ages come and go,
    They perish in the gloom,

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But still the bell swings to and fro
    And sounds the note of doom.
The deep reverberations roll
    Far off from sea and shore,
But somewhere in man’s secret soul
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    They sound for evermore.