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by William Wordsworth

Mutability Transience Quotes

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Quote #4

Truth fails not; but her outward forms that bear
The longest date do melt like frosty rime, (lines 7-8)

So what is this "truth"? Does it too undergo change, or does it stay the same the way grass continues to exist after the frost has melted off it?

Quote #5

which royally did wear
His crown of weeds, but could not even sustain
Some casual shout that broke the silent air, (lines 11-13)

Transience often takes the form of a very gradual change that suddenly results in a breaking point. The tower has retained the same basic form over the years, albeit a little worse for wear, but it has been slowly weakening to the point that a loud noise can bring it down.

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