The Flower that Smiles Today

by Percy Shelley

The flower that smiles today

Tomorrow dies;

All that we wish to stay

Tempts and then flies;

What is this world’s delight?

Lightning that mocks the night,

Brief even as bright.

Virtue how frail it is!

Friendship how rare!

Love, how it sells poor bliss

For proud despair!

But we, though soon they fall,

Survive their joy, and all

Which ours we call.

Whilst skies are blue and bright,

Whilst flowers are gay,

Whilst eyes that change ere night

Make glad the day.

Whilst yet the calm hours creep,

Dream thou — and from thy sleep

Then wake to weep.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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