The River Of Life Poem by Thomas Campbell

The River Of Life

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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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Janet Redmon 07 March 2018

This man obviously suffered from depression. There is always something to be grateful for. Like waking up every day...

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Shankaran Kutty 24 February 2016

Awesome, Deep philosophy said in powerful words. Perhaps the best poem of the poet, for me.

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