Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Raleigh's Last Verse?

The gallant but unfortunate Sir Walter Raleigh's history is replete with touching interest. The following lines, supposed to be the last he ever wrote, possess all the more interest for the fact of their being found written in his Bible, on the evening preceding his execution:

"Even such is Time, that takes on trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with age and dust;
Who in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days:
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust!"

Taken from The Story of Some Famous Books by Frederick Saunders. (Saunders' book was originally published in London in 1887 but a nice reprint can be had through for less than $20.)