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[ Also see Mottoes Sun Time ]

Amende to-day and slack not,
  Deythe cometh and warneth not,
    Tyme passeth and speketh not.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on sun dial belonging to Sir George Cornewall at Moccas Hall near Hereford

As the long hours do pass away,
  So doth the life of man decay.
      - Unattributed Author,
        an inscription on a sundial in the garden of the Royal hotel at Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Begone about your business.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on a sun dial once in The Temple, London

Give God thy heart, thy service, and thy gold;
  The day wears on, and time is waxing old.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on a sun dial in the Cloister-garden of Gloucester Cathedral

If o'er the dial glides a shade, redeem
  The time for lo! it passes like a dream;
    But if 'tis all a blank, then mark the loss
      Of hours unblest by shadows from the cross.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on a sun dial in a churchyard at Shenstone, England

In the day, do the day's work.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on a sun dial against the residence of Spenser Wells, Hamstead, England

Live ye, he says, I flee.
      - Unattributed Author,
        on Bishop Atterbury's sun dial

Our life's a flying shadow, God's the pole,
  The index pointing at Him is our soul;
    Death the horizon, when our sun is set,
      Which will through Christ a resurrection get.
      - Unattributed Author,
        a sun dial inscription once on the south wall of Glasgow Cathedral

The Natural Clock-work by the might One
  Wound up at first, and ever since have gone.
      - Unattributed Author,
        a part of a sun dial motto on the south porch of Seaham Church, Durham, England

I go away and come again each day,
  But thou shalt go away and ne'er return.
      - Anonymous, found on a sun dial in England

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.
      - Bible, Ephesians (ch. IV, v. 26-27)

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
      - Bible, John (ch. IX, v. 4)

True as the needle to the pole,
  Or as the dial to the sun.
      - Barton Booth, a song

True as the dial to the sun,
  Although it be not shin'd upon.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto II, l. 175)

"Horas non numero nisi serenas."
  There stands in the garden of old St. Mark
    A sun dial quaint and gray.
      It takes no heed of the hours which in dark
        Pass o'er it day by day.
          It has stood for ages amid the flowers
            In that land of sky and song.
              "I number none but the cloudless hours,"
                Its motto the live day long.
      - Bishop William Croswell Doane,
        of a sun dial in Venice

I mark my hours by shadow;
  Mayest thou mark thine
    By sunshine.
      - Carol Brevoort Hilton-Turvey,
        The Van Haavens, his novel

Thou breathing dial! since thy day began
  The present hour was ever mark'd with shade.
      - Walter Savage Landor, Miscellaneous Poems
         (vol. VIII, p. 92 (1846))

I count only the hours that are serene.
  [Lat., Horas non numero nisi serenas.]
      - Maurice Maeterlinck, Measure of the Hours,
        mentioned as found by Hazlitt on a sun dial near Venice

The hour of justice does not strike
  On the dials of this world.
    [Fr., L'heure de la justice ne sonne pas
      Aux cadrans de ce monde.]
      - Maurice Maeterlinck, Measure of the Hours,
        motto on a sun dial on a church at Tourette-sur-Loup

I am moved by the light.
  [Lat., A lumine motus.]
      - Maurice Maeterlinck,
        Measure of the Hours--Motto

Once at a potent leader's voice I stayed;
  Once I went back when a good monarch prayed;
    Mortals, howe'er we grieve, howe'er deplore,
      The flying shadow will return no more.
      - in Cyrus Redding,
        Fifty Years Recollections
         (vol. III, p. 86),
        attributed to William Hamilton in Chalmer's "Poets", vol. XV, p. 620

O God! methinks it were a happy life
  To be no better than a homely swain;
    To sit upon a hill, as I do now,
      To carve out dials, quaintly, point by point,
        Thereby to see the minutes, how they run--
          How many makes the hour full complete,
            How many hours brings about the day,
              How many days will finish up the year,
                How many years a mortal man may live;
                  When this is known, then to divide the times--
                    So many hours must I tend my flock,
                      So many hours must I take my rest,
                        So many hours must I contemplate,
                          So many hours must I sport myself;
                            So many days my ewes have been with young,
                              So many weeks ere the poor fools will ean,
                                So many months ere I shall shear the fleece.
                                  So minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years,
                                    Passed over to the end they were created,
                                      Would bring white hairs unto a quiet grave.
                                        Ah, what a life were this!
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at II, iii)

Let others tell of storms and showers,
  I'll only mark your sunny hours.
      - Sun Dial Motto,
        on a sun dial at Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Hours fly,
  Flowers die.
    New days,
      New ways,
        Pass by.
          Love stays.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2)

Time is
  Too Slow for those who Wait,
    Too Swift for those who Fear,
      Too Long for those who Grieve,
        Too Short for those who Rejoice;
          But for those who Love,
            Time is not.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2),
        Motto for Katrina's Sun Dial--Time is too slow for those who wait,
        in Mrs. Spenser Trask's Garden of Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, read at funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, where last line given as "Time is eternity."

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