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This Too Shall Pass Away by Theodore Tilton

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This Too Shall Pass  Away
By Theodore  Tilton

Once in Persia reigned a King,
Who upon his signet  ring
Graved a maxim true and wise,
Which, if held before his eyes,
Gave  him counsel at a glance,
Fit for every change and chance.
Solemn words,  and these are they;
“Even this shall pass away.”

Trains of camels  through the sand
Brought him gems from Samarcand;
Fleets of galleys through the seas
Brought him pearls to match with these;
But he counted  not his gain,
Treasures of mine or main;
“What is wealth?” the king would  say;
“Even this shall pass away.”

Mid the revels of his court,
At  the zenith of his sport,
When the palms of all his guests,
Burned with  clapping at his jests,
He, amid his figs and wine;
Cried, ‘O loving  friends of mine;
Pleasures come, but not to stay;
“Even this shall pass  away”

Lady, fairest ever seen,
Was the bride he crowned  his queen.
Pillowed on his marriage bed,
Softly to his soul he  said:
Though no bridegroom ever passed;
Fairer bosom to his  breast,
Mortal flesh must come to clay-
“Even this shall pass  away”

Fighting on a furious field,
Once a javelin pierced  his shield;
Soldiers, with a loud lament,
Bore him bleeding to his  tent.
Groaning from his tortured side,
“Pain is hard to bear,” he  cried;
“But with patience, day by day,
Even this shall pass  away.

Towering in the public square,
Twenty cubits in the  air,
Rose his statue carved in stone.
Then the king, disguised,  unknown,
Stood before his sculptured name,
Musing meekly: “What is  fame?”
Fame is but a slow decay;

Even this shall  pass away.

Struck with palsy, sore and old,
Waiting at the Gates of  Gold,
Said he with his dying breath,
“Life is done, but what is  death?”
Then, in answer to the king,
Fell a sun beam on his ring,
“Even  this shall pass away.”

Best Regards,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
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Author:

A fearless Czarina and Shameless optimist who lives life by her own rules

One thought on “This Too Shall Pass Away by Theodore Tilton

  1. Thanks alot for writing this.. I loved it alot & I think the message you wrote is just awesome.. I think I can connect to it in someway.. Keep writing.. you are awesome.. 🙂

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