„The stately ship is seen no more,
The fragile skiff attains the shore;
And while the great and wise decay,
And all their trophies pass away,
Some sudden thought, some careless rhyme,
Still floats above the wrecks of Time.“
— William Edward Hartpole Lecky British politician 1838 - 1903
On an old Song. Reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).