Echoes we: listen!
We cannot stay,
As dewdrops glisten,
Then fade away. [ Shelley ]
If man come not to gather
The roses where they stand,
They fade among their foliage.
They cannot seek his hand. [ Bryant ]
All that's bright must fade -
The brightest still the fleetest;
All that's sweet was made
But to be lost when sweetest. [ Moore ]
Thus ever fade my fairy dreams of bliss. [ Byron ]
Love is the only ink which does not fade. [ Dr. Parker ]
Tomorrow the dreams and flowers will fade. [ Moore ]
Narrow creeds of right and wrong, which fade
Before the unmeasured thirst for good. [ Robert Browning ]
The stars shall fade away, the Sun himself
Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years;
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amid the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crash of worlds. [ Joseph Addison ]
Look not on pleasures as they come, but go.
Defer not the least virtue; life's poor span
Make not an ell by trifling in thy woe.
If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains;
If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains. [ George Herbert ]
Ye flowers that droop forsaken by the spring;
Ye birds that left by summer cease to sing;
Yet trees that fade when autumn heats remove.
Say, is not absence death to those who love? [ Pope ]
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And Cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness.
But trailing clouds of glory, do we come
From God, who is our home.
Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
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At length the man perceives it die away.
And fade into the light of common day. [ Wordsworth ]
We trample grass, and prize the flowers of May;
Yet grass is green when flowers do fade away. [ R. Southwell ]
Eternal Hope! when yonder spheres sublime
Pealed their first notes to sound the march of Time,
Thy joyous youth began - but not to fade -
When all thy sister planets have decayed; [ Thomas Campbell ]
Error's monstrous shapes from earth are driven
They fade, they fly - but truth survives the flight. [ Bryant ]
Deeds of lowly virtue fade before the glare of lofty ostentation. [ Klopstock ]
Fade, flowers, fade! Nature will have it so; 'tis but what we in our autumn do. [ Waller ]
Is beauty vain because it will fade? Then are earth's green robe and heaven's light vain. [ Pierpont ]
Health is the soul that animates all enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless, if not dead, without it. [ Sir W. Temple ]
Error is sometimes so nearly allied to truth that it blends with it as imperceptibly as the colors of the rainbow fade into each other. [ W. B. Clulow ]
Eternity has no gray hairs! The flowers fade, the heart withers, man grows old and dies, the world lies down in the sepulchre of ages, but time writes no wrinkles on the brow of eternity. [ Bishop Heber ]
Grief is a flower as delicate and prompt to fade as happiness. Still, it does not wholly die. Like the magic rose, dried and unrecognizable, a warm air breathed on it will suffice to renew its bloom. [ Mme. de Gasparin ]
It is not merely the multiplicity of tints, the gladness of tone, or the balminess of the air which delight in the spring; it is the still consecrated spirit of hope, the prophecy of happy days yet to come; the endless variety of nature, with presentiments of eternal flowers which never shall fade, and sympathy with the blessedness of the ever-developing world. [ Novalis ]
The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live. [ Trollope ]
A composition which dazzles at first sight by gaudy epithets, or brilliant turns of expression, or glittering trains of imagery, may fade gradually from the mind, leaving no enduring impression. Words which flow fresh and warm from a full heart, and which are instinct with the life and breath of human feeling, pass into household memories, and partake of the immortality of the affections from which they spring. [ Whipple ]