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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Africa: Vol. XXIV.  1876–79.
The Barbary States: Carthage
Lydia Maria Child (1802–1880)
Suggested by a Painting by Vanderlyn, of Marius Seated among the Ruins of Carthage

PILLARS are fallen at thy feet,
  Fanes quiver in the air,
A prostrate city is thy seat,
  And thou alone art there.
No change comes o’er thy noble brow,        5
  Though ruin is around thee;
Thine eye-beam burns as proudly now,
  As when the laurel crowned thee.
It cannot bend thy lofty soul,
  Though friends and fame depart;        10
The car of fate may o’er thee roll,
  Nor crush thy Roman heart.
And Genius hath electric power,
  Which earth can never tame;
Bright suns may scorch, and dark clouds lower,        15
  Its flash is still the same.
The dreams we loved in early life
  May melt like mist away;
High thoughts may seem, mid passion’s strife,
  Like Carthage in decay.        20
And proud hopes in the human heart
  May be to ruin hurled,
Like mouldering monuments of art
  Heaped on a sleeping world.
Yet there is something will not die,        25
  Where life hath once been fair;
Some towering thoughts still rear on high,
  Some Roman lingers there!

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