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204
BYGONE SUSSEX.
THE SUN-DIAL.
(Iloras non numero nisi serenas !
Only the sunny hours ! The home of gloom Is in Oblivion's tomb :
Only the sunny hours ! Hold—for they haste ; Let care as shadows waste :
Only the sunny hours ! The clouds between— As if they had not been :
Only the sunny hours ! Truth can but shine, Error to shade incline :
Only the sunny hours !
Honour is clear,
And baseness shrouds in fear:
Only the sunny hours ! Count gain—not loss, The ore, and not the dross :
Only the sunny hours ! If love hath flown, Rejoice how once it shone :
Only the sunny hours ! Thy friend decays ? Think of the joyous days :
Only the sunny hours ! Some hopes have failed, Cherish what hath prevailed :
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