Like a plank of driftwoodTossed on the watery main,Another plank encountered,Meets, touches, parts again;So tossed, and drifting ever,On life's unresting sea,Men meet, and greet, and sever,Parting eternally.
Edwin Arnold, Book of Good Counsel. Translation from the Sanscrit of the Hitopadéesa. A literal translation. by Max Müller appeared in The Fortnightly, July, 1898. He also translated the same idea from the Mahavastu.
The foolish oft times teach the wise: I strain too much this string of life, belike, Meaning to make such music as shall save. Mine eyes are dim now that they see the truth, My strength is waned now that my need is most; Would that I had such help as man must have, For I shall die, whose life was all men's hope.Edwin Arnold
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