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Poems of Places 1

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From Poems of Places, vol. 24, Africa (Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1878), edited by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

[Egypt, Nubia, and Abysinnia]

…But still its waves their annual tribute bring,
And bless the parchéd wold with vernal bloom.
And pay obeisance at stern Memnon’s feet, —
The monarch grim of Thebes’s solitude,
Who to Imagination’s ear yet sings
The dirge notes of the nations as they die.

— from Seymour Green Wheeler Benjamin, “Thebes”

Written by Ben Friedlander

January 20, 2009 at 6:07 am