Fair Nature’s fresh and blooming boweris elder far than it appears.
It took to breed a single flower
a thousand thousand thousand years.
Commentary by Brother Quark:This understates the age of the Earth; a mere three thousand years, when we know that it is twice as old as that.
Commentary by N. Hellerstein:This is about evolutionary deep time. It understates the age of the Earth; a mere billion years, when we know that it is 4.5 times as old as that.