'...And there remains no more
Of the things that are, than the things before;
For the hand of time will only leave
Enough of the past, for the present to grieve
O'er that which hath been, and o'er that which must be;
What we have seen, our sons shall see,
Remnants of things that have passed away,
Fragments of stone, reared by creatures of clay'.
Anyone know the author of this? I thought of Wordsworth at first but he wasn't too keen on rhyming couplets. Shelley? Keats? I've tried the usual internet searches.
It's Byron, from The Siege of Corinth. More accurately,
There is a temple in ruin stands,
Fashion'd by long-forgotten hands;
Two or three columns, and many a stone,
Marble and granite, with grass o'ergrown!
Out upon Time! it will leave no more
Of the things to come than the things before!
But enough of the past for the future to grieve
O'er that which hath been, and o'er that which must be!
What we have seen, our sons shall see;
Remnants of things that have pass'd away,
Fragments of stone, rear'd by creatures of clay!