Sir Walter Raleigh

(1552 - 1618 / Devon / England)

The Conclusion


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.

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (12/23/2014 9:47:00 AM)

    ........this is a great poem of time.....time gives and time takes away leaving us with nothing...but earth and dust.....love the conclusion of this poem... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,725 Points Abekah Emmanuel (9/21/2014 5:19:00 AM)

    Indeed a masterpiece... the brutality of death is nicely demystified by the hope of life. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 35,197 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/21/2014 2:31:00 AM)

    This wonderful beautiful poem is about the fate of living..and in second part biblical reference or holy reference - Faith on the day of judgement- Resurrection the dooms day the final conclusion nice one (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 394 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (9/21/2013 4:46:00 AM)

    Into dust shall returneth
    All that the Almighty gaveth
    So shed your ego while the sun still shineth
    And very humbly go when your time cometh.....

    (Facts of life very well put by Sir Walter R) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 122 Points Valentin Savin (9/21/2013 2:41:00 AM)

    We all know that we come and go. Sooner or later. Into the dark and silent grave, And there is no return back. Yet we hope for the better. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos Echeverria (9/21/2012 11:03:00 AM)

    I'm really impressed by his use of MY GOD to reference his faith, as opposed to just GOD; it keeps his faith-poem personal and avoids sounding evangelical. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (9/21/2012 10:55:00 AM)

    quite a revelation for me as i did not eve consider sir walter raleigh and that he may have found time to write..i love the final two words, says everything to me (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (9/21/2012 9:58:00 AM)

    There is a theological inexactitude - #the story of our days# is not shut up by the grave but is in the mind of God. Raleigh hopes for his resurrection, but how will God judge his earthly story? This poem is very much the kind of exercise the Elizabethans went in for - but none the worse for that. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 459 Points Ramesh T A (9/21/2011 3:04:00 PM)

    Even though everything closes one's identity at the end, Sir Walter Raleigh's faith in God is quite optimistic at the end of the poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 13 Points Ravi A (9/21/2009 12:37:00 PM)

    Everyone has the same feeling. We all wish to be born and reborn to lead a deathless life. We want to enjoy the winds of life in a timeless manner. This is due to the inspiration of life. We can also see that a rebirth is also an impossibility from our daily experience. Hence this ardent prayer to god. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (9/21/2009 7:38:00 AM)

    The final 'I trust' seems faint compared with the 'trust' he has given to time. Both trusts, I suspect, are unwarranted. Better take life as it is, warts and all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pedro Cescon (9/21/2009 3:54:00 AM)

    While I don't believe in a God myself, it strikes me with a good feeling to see the hope and faith he has in what moves him. These last verses are so beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dimitris(Jimmy) Psachos (9/21/2007 4:06:00 AM)

    A wonderful last breath escapade! ! Raleigh may not officially be a poet, yet his quote offers him a place to the hall of fame of death announces! ! ! (Report) Reply

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