These which were pomp and delight,
waking at the first morning light,
will be in the evening a vain object of pity,
sleeping in the arms of the cold night.
This blending of colors that challenges the heavens,
a rainbow striped with gold, snow and scarlet,
will be an object lesson to human life:
So much is attempted in the limits of a single day!
The roses got up early to flower
and flowered to grow old:
they found their cradle and their tomb in a bud.
Even so have people found their fortunes,
in one day have they been born and died;
for when the centuries have passed, they were but hours.