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Time passes, and a man perceives it not. | by RichTatum
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Time passes, and a man perceives it not.

My mother-in-law's sundial out in the back yard.

 

WHEN by sensations of delight or pain,

That any of our faculties hath seized,

Entire the soul collects herself, it seems

She is intent upon that power alone;

And thus the error is disproved, which holds

The soul not singly lighted in the breast.

And therefore whenas aught is heard or seen,

That firmly keeps the soul toward it turn’d,

Time passes, and a man perceives it not.

For that, whereby we hearken, is one power;

Another that, which the whole spirit hath:

This is as it were bound, while that is free.

 

(Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). The Divine Comedy. Purgatory, Canto IV)

 

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