MJE ( / Washington State, USA)

River Of Life, The

The more we live, more brief appear
Our life's succeeding stages;
A day to childhood seems a year,
And years like passing ages.

The gladsome current of our youth,
Ere passion yet disorders,
Steals lingering like a river smooth
Along its grassy borders.

But as the careworn cheek grows wan,
And sorrow's shafts fly thicker,
Ye stars, that measure life to man,
Why seem your courses quicker?

When joys have lost their bloom and breath,
And life itself is vapid,
Why, as we reach the Falls of Death
Feel we its tide more rapid?

It may be strange—yet who would change
Time's course to slower speeding,
When one by one our friends have gone,
And left our bosoms bleeding?

Heaven gives our years of fading strength
Indemnifying fleetness;
And those of youth, a seeming length,
Proportion'd to their sweetness.

by Thomas Campbell

Comments (4)

very nice poem darling
It is well written and light in comparison to its topic—perhaps this is the other reason why I like it; thank you!
Dear Martha, You are right what I feel yes, death is our shadow always accompany us.I really love this poem.
Martha-Death is to us how we live and relate to death-fine imagery, I especially liked the 'wedding white' which resonsates in so well with 'ones so weary'. Your contemplative nature shines through your work. Phillip