What are changes of empires, the wreck of dynasties, with the opinions which supported them;“On Life.” By Percy Bysshe Shelley. From the 1880 edition of The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Verse and Prose, edited by H. Buxton Forman.
what is the birth and the extinction of religious and of political systems, to life?
What are the revolutions of the globe which we inhabit, and the operations of the elements of which it is composed, compared with life?
What is the universe of stars, and suns, of which this inhabited earth is one, and their motions, and their destiny, compared with life?