Friday, October 5, 2007

A Poem by Theodre Tilton - This too shall pass away

I am overwhelmed with the response received to this poem. I was reading through a book and found this poem in the book. The fine words of this poem touched a deep cord in my heart and I decided to put it up on the net i.e my blog for others to read it and enjoy too.

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This Too Shall Pass Away

Once in Persia reigned a King,
Who upon his signet ring

Graved a maxim true and wise,

Which, if held before his eyes,

Gave him counsel at a glance,

Fit for every change and chance.

Solemn words, and these are they;

"Even this shall pass away."


Trains of camels through the sand

Brought him gems from Samarcand;

Fleets of galleys through the seas

Brought him pearls to match with these;

But he counted not his gain,

Treasures of mine or main;

"What is wealth?" the king would say;

"Even this shall pass away."


Mid the revels of his court,

At the zenith of his sport,

When the palms of all his guests,

Burned with clapping at his jests,

He, amid his figs and wine;

Cried, 'O loving friends of mine;

Pleasures come, but not to stay;

"Even this shall pass away"


Lady, fairest ever seen,

Was the bride he crowned his queen.

Pillowed on his marriage bed,

Softly to his soul he said:

Though no bridegroom ever passed;

Fairer bosom to his breast,

Mortal flesh must come to clay-

"Even this shall pass away"


Fighting on a furious field,

Once a javelin pierced his shield;

Soldiers, with a loud lament,

Bore him bleeding to his tent.

Groaning from his tortured side,

"Pain is hard to bear," he cried;

"But with patience, day by day,

Even this shall pass away.


Towering in the public square,

Twenty cubits in the air,

Rose his statue carved in stone.

Then the king, disguised, unknown,

Stood before his sculptured name,

Musing meekly: "What is fame?"

Fame is but a slow decay;


Even this shall pass away.


Struck with palsy, sore and old,

Waiting at the Gates of Gold,

Said he with his dying breath,

"Life is done, but what is death?"

Then, in answer to the king,

Fell a sun beam on his ring,

"Even this shall pass away."

86 comments:

  1. I first read and committed to memory this poem many years ago as a child. It stands me even better today than it did then.

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  2. It's a beautiful poem. The last four lines are very touching


    "Life is done, but what is death?"
    Then, in answer to the king,
    Fell a sun beam on his ring,
    "Even this shall pass away"

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  3. Rajshree, It is indeed a beautiful poem. I just want to let you know that there are three mistakes in your copy. Here are the words if you want them.

    This Too Shall Pass Away
    by Theodore Tilton

    Once in Persia reigned a King,
    Who upon his signet ring
    Graved a maxim true and wise,
    Which, if held before his eyes,
    Gave him counsel at a glance,
    Fit for every change and chance.
    Solemn words, and these are they;
    "Even this shall pass away."

    Trains of camels through the sand
    Brought him gems from Samarkand;
    Fleets of galleys through the seas
    Brought him pearls to match with these;
    But he counted not his gain,
    Treasures of the mine or main;
    "What is wealth?" the king would say;
    "Even this shall pass away."

    Mid the revels of his court,
    At the zenith of his sport,
    When the palms of all his guests,
    Burned with clapping at his jests,
    He, amid his figs and wine;
    Cried, 'O loving friends of mine;
    Pleasures come, but not to stay;
    "Even this shall pass away"

    Lady, fairest ever seen,
    Was the bride he crowned his queen.
    Pillowed on his marriage bed,
    Softly to his soul he said:
    Though no bridegroom ever pressed;
    Fairer bosom to his breast,
    Mortal flesh must come to clay-
    "Even this shall pass away"

    Fighting on a furious field,
    Once a javelin pierced his shield;
    Soldiers, with a loud lament,
    Bore him bleeding to his tent.
    Groaning from his tortured side,
    "Pain is hard to bear," he cried;
    "But with patience, day by day,
    Even this shall pass away.

    Towering in the public square,
    Twenty cubits in the air,
    Rose his statue carved in stone.
    Then the king, disguised, unknown,
    Stood before his sculptured name,
    Musing meekly: "What is fame?"
    Fame is but a slow decay;
    Even this shall pass away.

    Struck with palsy, sore and old,
    Waiting at the Gates of Gold,
    Said he with his dying breath,
    "Life is done, but what is death?"
    Then, in answer to the king,
    Fell a sun beam on his ring,
    Showing by a heavenly ray,
    "Even this shall pass away."

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  4. its d bst poem ever......tooooo good

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  6. I am over 1/2 century old. I have lived the realization many times. I will commit this to memory and relate it (from memory) with my grandson.

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  7. A wonderful poem, speaking about the essence of life and how it should be faced. My mother's favorite, and mine too.

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  8. Its gud.. very gud actuallie

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  9. Nice, knew it before but each time I read it tears come rolling down at its wisdom.

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  10. I know this poem also. Wisdom is there ,and everywhere, all you have to do is to seek and ask for it !!!!!

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  11. This was one of my Grandmothers favorite poems. Never knew who the author was till now. I hope to memorize it. Very true... anything you accumulate in this life time wont matter once this life is over.

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