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This is a segment of the Poem "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura)
by Titus Lucretius Carus in the first century BC.
It is translated from the Latin by the poet A.E. Stallings
This is also available in the collection "Four Lucretius Songs"
|" Time changes the nature of the whole
and one phase must be succeeded by the next;
there is no thing that stays the same.
Everything flows, Nature makes everything alter,
For as one thing grows feeble with old age and starts to falter,
|Another strengthens, emerging from
So age, therefore changes the nature of the whole world,
and one stage of the Earth gives way to another;
Earth cannot bear anymore what once she could,
but now brings forth what she could not before."