The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety and Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop'd we live and die,
Lift not your hands to It for help---for It
As impotently rolls as you or I.
Vedder's note: That of man's faculties is symbolized by the Eagle
chained to the rock; and the irrevocability of the laws of nature by the
stars bound together and with their courses rigidly defined through