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"The Conclusion" by Sir Walter Raleigh (1618)

This poem by Sir Walter Raleigh, "The Conclusion," is thought to be a revision of an earlier verse by him. The changes, believed to have been made shortly before his execution on October 29, 1618, are reflected in a version discovered tucked inside his Bible.

Transcription from Original

  • EVEN such is Time, that takes in trust
  • Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
  • And pays us but with earth and dust;
  • Who in the dark and silent grave,
  • When we have wander'd all our ways,
  • Shuts up the story of our days;
  • But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
  • My God shall raise me up, I trust.