The Mutability of Love
If our love could live for ever,
In kind hearts remain for aye,
Who the blissful dream would sever?
Who desire dear Love’s delay?
Ah! we wonder why there’s weeping
When our hearts with love are filled,
And the dear ones lie a-sleeping
On our bosoms, rapture-stilled.
But the dreams we fondly cherish
Turn to shadows cold and gray:
Soon the hearts we love must perish;
Soon our own must pass away.
William Blocksidge, Songs o’ the South, London: Watts, 1908, p. 68
aye = always, forever
mutability = ability or tendency to change, modify, or mutate (whether in appearance, characteristics, form, or nature); the condition or state of being changeable or capable of change