Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon

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Author: Adam Lindsay Gordon

Fytte VI
Potters’ Clay
[An Allegorical Interlude]

"Nec propter vitam vivendi perdere causas."

Though the pitcher that goes to the sparkling rill
Too oft gets broken at last,
There are scores of others its place to fill
When its earth to the earth is cast;
Keep that pitcher at home, let it never roam,
But lie like a useless clod,
Yet sooner or later the hour will come
When its chips are thrown to the sod.

Is it wise, then, say, in the waning day,
When the vessel is crack’d and old,
To cherish the battered potters’ clay,
As though it were virgin gold?
Take care of yourself, dull, boorish elf,
Though prudent and safe you seem,
Your pitcher will break on the musty shelf,
And mine by the dazzling stream.

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Chicago: Adam Lindsay Gordon, "Fytte VI Potters’ Clay [An Allegorical Interlude]," Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed January 30, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MPGL53HQ9X6DNB.

MLA: Gordon, Adam Lindsay. "Fytte VI Potters’ Clay [An Allegorical Interlude]." Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 30 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MPGL53HQ9X6DNB.

Harvard: Gordon, AL, 'Fytte VI Potters’ Clay [An Allegorical Interlude]' in Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 30 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8MPGL53HQ9X6DNB.