O why should the spirit of mortal be proud? Like a fast-flitting meteor, a fast-flying cloud, A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave, He passes from life to his rest in the grave. The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade, Be scattered around, and together be laid; And the young and the old, and
William Knox, born August 17, 1789, is a Scottish poet who authored Harp of Zion (1825), The Songs of Israel (1824), and The Lonely Hearth, and Other Poems (1818). He died in Edinburgh, England, on November 12, 1825.