These which were pomp and delight,
waking at the first morning light,
will be in the evening a vain object of compassion,
sleeping in the arms of the cold night.
This blending of colours that challenges the heavens,
a rainbow striped with gold, snow, and scarlet,
will be an object lesson to human life.
So much is attempted in the limits of a single day!
The roses got up early to flower
and flowered to grow old;
they found their cradle and their tomb in a bud.
Even so have men found their fortunes,
in one day they have been born and expired;
for when the centuries have passed they were but hours.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca