Saṃyutta Nikāya 1

Connected Discourses with Devatas

4. Time Flies By

At Savatthi. Standing to one side, that devatā recited this verse in the presence of the Blessed One:

“Time flies by, the nights swiftly pass;
The stages of life successively desert us.
Seeing clearly this danger in death,
One should do deeds of merit that bring happiness.”

The Blessed One:

“Time flies by, the nights swiftly pass;
The stages of life successively desert us.
Seeing clearly this danger in death,
A seeker of peace should drop the world’s bait.”