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1 NO constancy here dwells,
2 Upon our earthly ground:
3 But like the merry bells,
4 All have their changes round.
5 To the poor infants cries,
6 Succeeds gay youthful bloom;
7 Then strength and wisdom rise,
8 Till second childhood come.

No constancy, &c.

9 And riches make them wings,
10 And take themselves away;
11 Then friendship from you flings,
12 Nor will a moment stay.

No constancy, &c.

13 And health that gilds our days,
14 May pallid sickness shade:
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15 And while our frame decays,
16 Our pleasures too must fade.

No constancy, &c.

17 Then should the young sustain,
18 And lend their strength to age;
19 That they may comfort gain,
20 In life's concluding stage.

No constancy, &c.

21 Tho' fickle Fortune frown,
22 Let friends be true and kind;
23 Lest wealth from them be flown,
24 And they no friendship find.
25 For constancy here never dwells,
26 Upon our earthly ground:
27 But like the merry bells,
28 All have their changes round.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: song

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [200]-201. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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