1771 - 1854
The flash at midnight, --- 'twas a light
That gave the blind a moment's sight,
Then sunk in tenfold gloom;
Loud, deep, and long, the thunder broke,
The deaf ear instantly awoke,
Then closed as in the tomb;
An angel might have pass'd my bed,
Sounded the trump of God, and fled.
So Life appears: a sudden birth,
A glance revealing heaven and earth;
It is, and it is not !
So Fame the poet's hope deceives,
Who sings for after-time, and leaves
A name --- to be forgot.
Life is a lightning-flash of breath;
Fame but a thunder-clap at death.