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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. The Pyramids
By William Henry Whitworth
 
WHENCE and what are ye, or what have ye been?
  So the dwarfed pilgrim of the desert sand
  Cries, wondering. On Eternity’s lone strand,
  Unwept by Time’s dark waters, they are seen
(Each like that giant old of hoar Cyllene        5
  Who propped the starry axle with his hand)
  The Caryatides of Heaven, to stand
  In calm and noiseless majesty serene.
Ah! not the minions of an idol fane,
  But monuments of Hope, ye tower sublime,        10
  To show despairing man his soul shall reign
Immortal, in some bright and glorious clime,
  If thus the labors of his hand remain
  Triumphant over Death, and Fate, and Time!
 
 
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