Nyman's Garden (National Trust, East Sussex)
How small the Shade

More sundial mottoes
quoted on David Harber Sundials

As the Shade is so is life

These Shades so fleet from day to day
And so this life passeth avvaie

Thou by the dial's Shady stealth mayst know
Time's thievish progress to eternity

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 77


HOW vainly men themselves amaze
To win the Palm, the Oke, or Bayes;
And their uncessant Labours see
Crown'd from some single Herb or Tree,
Whose short and narrow verged Shade
Does prudently their Toyles upbraid;
While all Flow'rs and all Trees do close
To weave the Garlands of repose.

Andrew Marvell, The Garden

Mean while the Mind, from pleasure less,
Withdraws into its happiness:
The Mind, that Ocean where each kind
Does streight its own resemblance find;
Yet it creates, transcending these,
Far other Worlds, and other Seas;
Annihilating all that's made
To a green Thought in a green Shade.

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Updated: 15 January, 2006
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