BETA

L’AMOUR FAIT PASSER LE TEMPS.

TO A LADY

ON THE BAS-RELIEF OF HER CLOCK, WHICH, IN ALLU-
SION TO THE MOTTO ABOVE, REPRESENTED A CUPID
ROWING TIME IN A SMALL BOAT.

Love, says your artist, makes Time pass1
’Tis pretty, but I doubt him.2
Dismiss that rowing boy, alas!3
Time pushes on without him.4
Careless alike of oar or skuller,5
He guides with fatal hand 6
A bark, which though the voyage be duller,7
Must reach the destined strand.8