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The Changes of Time

Mountains that once touched the sky
Are no more to be seen;
Rivers that once raged no longer roll.
Thick, luxurient forests,
That upon the earth had been,
Have changed to sloping piles of shiny coal.

Nations that once ruled the world
Are now but history.
Islands disappeared without a trace
Left behind to shed light
On the wonderous mystery
Behind this planet's everchanging face.

Think not then of eternity,
At least upon this world,
For the strongest rock will some day turn to sand,
And all our haughty cities
To a soggy chaos hurled
When a greedy ocean gobbles up the land.

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