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“The Conclusion” by Sir Walter Raleigh (1618)

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The Oxford Book of English Verse
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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.

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The Oxford Book of English Verse

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.

 

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APA Citation:
Raleigh, Walter. “The Conclusion” by Sir Walter Raleigh (1618). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/the-conclusion-by-sir-walter-raleigh-1618.
MLA Citation:
Raleigh, Walter. "“The Conclusion” by Sir Walter Raleigh (1618)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 27 Feb. 2021
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