Pause here, and think: a monitory rhime
Demands one moment of thy fleeting time.
Consult Life's silent clock, thy bounding vein;
Seems it to say - Health, here, has long to rein?
Hast thou the vigour of thy youth? an eye
That beams delight? an heart untaught to sigh? -
Yet fear. Youth, ofttimes healthful and at ease,
Anticipates a day it never sees,
And many a tomb, like Hamilton's, aloud
Exclaims, "Prepare thee for an early shroud!"
Wriiten by William Cowper, 1788