Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > England
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
FALLEN pile! I ask not what has been thy fate,
But when the weak winds, wafted from the main,
Through each lone arch, like spirits that complain,
Come hollow to my ear, I meditate
On this world’s passing pageant, and the lot        5
Of those who once might proudly, in their prime,
Have stood with giant port, till, bowed by time
Or injury, their ancient boast forgot,
They might have sunk like thee; though thus forlorn
They lift their heads with venerable hairs        10
Bespent, majestic yet, and as in scorn
Of mortal vanities and short-lived cares;
Even so dost thou, lifting thy forehead gray,
Smile at the tempest, and Time’s sweeping sway!

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