On woman Nature did bestow two eyes, Like Hemian's bright lamps, in matchless beauty shining, Whose beams do soonest captivate the wise And wary heads, made rare by art's refining.
Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so, For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow, Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee do go, Rest of their bones and soul's delivery.john donne
Loveliest of lovely things are they,On earth, that soonest pass away.The rose that lives its little hourIs prized beyond the sculptured flower.william cullen bryant
And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowersIs always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.thomas moore
How fading are the joys we dote upon!Like apparitions seen and gone.But those which soonest take their flightAre the most exquisite and strong,—Like angels’ visits, short and bright;Mortality ’s too weak to bear them long.john norris
And I oft have heard defended,—Little said is soonest mended.george wither
Least said, soonest mended.
And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.thomas moore
Loveliest of lovely things are they On earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.william cullen bryant
For when lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.
Fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.