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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Builders
Ebenezer Elliott (1781–1849)
SPRING, summer, autumn, winter,
  Come duly, as of old;
Winds blow, suns set, and morning saith.
  “Ye hills, put on your gold.”
The song of Homer liveth,        5
  Dead Solon is not dead;
Thy splendid name, Pythagoras,
  O’er realms of suns is spread.
But Babylon and Memphis
  Are letters traced in dust:        10
Read them, earth’s tyrants! ponder well
  The might in which ye trust!
They rose, while all the depths of guilt
  Their vain creators sounded;
They fell, because on fraud and force        15
  Their corner-stones were founded.
Truth, mercy, knowledge, justice,
  Are powers that ever stand;
They build their temples in the soul,
  And work with God’s right hand.        20


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