Martin Robertson

Now and Then

Whom the Gods Love

Considering our mortality

and that most of us will not die

before at least our better side

has long been longing to have died,

do not be too sad

for those whose flame was blown out while they had

unflawed happiness of the hour,

unquestioned certainty

of an infinity more.

Weep for that trust betrayed,

for brief despairing pain

of these untimely dead.

Weep more for who remain.