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PAPA whats time a figure or a sense
Tis one but not the other. Is not time

A figure. Yes it is for on the tops of shops
We often see a figure with two wings
A scythe upon one shoulder and a lock
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Of hair upon his forehead while his head is bald
Except the lock upon his forehead and called time
Times very quick and therefore he has wings
When past times gone for ever so he has a lock
Of hair upon his forehead and the proverb is
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Take time by his forelock he mows down every thing
And so he has a scythe time is so quick
That might a year be called a day
Day now I think of it ʼtis newyearsday 1

A happy new years day to you papa
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And now I must return to time
Is time only a figure no he is not
What is he then what is he I dont know
Heʼs not a quality of that Iʼm sure
Oh I remember now he is a god
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Entitled Saturn heʼs a heathen god
And well he might be called one none but they
Could go so quick or jump from tween our hands
As time does, 2 time Iʼm quite away from him
Away from him no surely Iʼm not so
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For Iʼm at heathen gods and heʼs a god
So though I may be from him Iʼm not far
From him and now I must go to him quite
Tis but an hour to merry Newyearsday 3
For though it is a‐day a‐dayʼs an hour
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And whatʼs an hour ʼtis only a wee minute
Made so by the quick course of time
So mr time as Iʼve said all about you
All Iʼve to say I must take leave of you

Jan 1. 1827