Verse > Anthologies > Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. > The Little Book of Modern Verse
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
82. The Dust Dethroned
 
By George Sterling
 
 
SARGON is dust, Semiramis a clod!
  In crypts profaned the moon at midnight peers
  The owl upon the Sphinx hoots in her ears,
And scant and sear the desert grasses nod
Where once the armies of Assyria trod,        5
  With younger sunlight splendid on the spears;
  The lichens cling the closer with the years,
And seal the eyelids of the weary god.
 
Where high the tombs of royal Egypt heave,
  The vulture shadows with arrested wings        10
  The indecipherable boast of kings,
    As Arab children hear their mother’s cry
And leave in mockery their toy—they leave
    The skull of Pharaoh staring at the sky.
 

CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors