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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXXI. FLOWERS ON THE TOP OF THE PILLARS AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAVE

          HOPE smiled when your nativity was cast,
          Children of Summer! Ye fresh Flowers that brave
          What Summer here escapes not, the fierce wave,
          And whole artillery of the western blast,
          Battering the Temple's front, its long-drawn nave
          Smiting, as if each moment were their last.
          But ye, bright Flowers on frieze and architrave
          Survive, and once again the Pile stands fast:
          Calm as the Universe, from specular towers
          Of heaven contemplated by Spirits pure                      10
          With mute astonishment, it stands sustained
          Through every part in symmetry, to endure,
          Unhurt, the assault of Time with all his hours,
          As the supreme Artificer ordained.


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