| Quote #1
Time and fevers burn away
This is the beginning of the speaker's focus on death. He notes that nothing lasts forever: children grow up and lose their beauty, and everyone dies eventually.
| Quote #2
But in my arms til break of day
By referring to his sleeping beloved as a "living creature," we're reminded of the fact that, one day, he will not be living. The speaker then goes on to call him "mortal;" just another reminder that we will all die some day.
| Quote #3
Here the speaker includes symbols of time passing – a clock and a bell – which have the effect of reminding us that time is always passing.