Who will not mercy unto others show, How can he mercy ever hope to have?
Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599)
Source: The Faerie Queene, 1590
Contributed by: Zaady
The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
Roses red, and violets blue, And all the sweetest flowers, that in the forest grew.
But times do change and move continually.
Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
For deeds to die, however nobly done, And thoughts of men to as themselves decay, But wise words taught in numbers for to run, Recorded by the Muses, live for ay.
Source: The Ruines of Time, 1591
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