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"Words also, and thought as rapid as air, He fashions to his good use; statecraft is his, And his the skill that deflect the arrows of snow, The spears of winter rain: from every wind He has made himself secure––from all but one: In the late wind of death he cannot stand."

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This is basically an extended metaphor explaining how man has been able to use intelligence and ingenuity to protect himself against the natural elements like weather.