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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
On High Hill’s Top I Saw
By Joachim du Bellay (1552–1560)
 
Translated by Edmund Spenser

ON high hill’s top I saw a stately frame,
  An hundred cubits high by just assize,
  With hundred pillars fronting fair the same,
  All wrought with diamond, after Doric wise;
Nor brick nor marble was the wall to view,        5
  But shining crystal, which from top to base
  Out of her womb a thousand rayons threw,
  One hundred steps of Afric gold enchase:
Gold was the parget; and the ceiling bright
  Did shine all scaly with great plates of gold;        10
  The floor of jasp and emerald was dight.
O, world’s vainness! while thus I did behold,
  An earthquake shook the hill from lowest seat,
  And overthrew this frame with ruin great.
 
 
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