Catalogue of Egyptian and Other Antiquities Collected by Sir Charles Nicholson, D.C.L., LL.D.

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Reynolds & Company, 1858 - 64 páginas
 

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Página 12 - Or doff'd thine own to let Queen Dido pass; Or held, by Solomon's own invitation, A torch at the great Temple's dedication. I need not ask thee if that hand, when...
Página 12 - Tell us — for doubtless thou canst recollect — To whom should we assign the Sphinx's fame? Was Cheops or Cephrenes architect Of either pyramid that bears his name? Is Pompey's Pillar really a misnomer? Had Thebes a hundred gates, as sung by Homer?
Página 13 - Since first thy form was in this box extended, We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations ; The Roman empire has begun and ended ; New worlds have risen ; we have lost old nations, And countless kings have into dust been humbled, Whilst not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled.
Página 13 - What was thy name and station, age and race ? Statue of flesh, immortal of the dead ! • Imperishable type of evanescence, Posthumous man, who quitt'st thy narrow bed, And standest undecayed within our presence : Thou wilt hear nothing till the judgment morning, When the great trump shall thrill thee with its warning.
Página 13 - O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis, And shook the pyramids with fear and wonder When the gigantic Memnon fell asunder...
Página 12 - Tell us, for doubtless thou canst recollect, To whom should we assign the Sphinx's fame ? Was Cheops or Cephrenes architect Of either pyramid that bears his name ? Is Pompey's pillar really a misnomer ? Had Thebes a hundred gates, as sung by Homer...
Página 12 - Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled: Antiquity appears to have begun Long after thy primeval race was run. Thou couldst develop — if that withered tongue Might tell us what those sightless orbs have seen — How the world looked when it was fresh and young, And the great deluge still had left it green; Or was it then so old that history's pages Contained no record of its early ages ? Still silent!
Página 11 - Thebes's streets three thousand years ago. When the Memnonium was in all its glory, And time had not begun to overthrow Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous, Of which the very ruins are tremendous. Speak! for thou long enough hast acted dummy. Thou hast a tongue, - come, let us hear its tune; Thou'rt standing on thy legs above ground, mummy! Revisiting the glimpses of the moon, Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatures, But with thy bones and flesh, and limbs and features.
Página 11 - And thou hast walked about (how strange a story !) In Thebes's streets, three thousand years ago, When the Memnonium was in all its glory, And time had not begun to overthrow Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous, Of which the very ruins are tremendous ! 2.
Página 11 - Thebes's streets three thousand years ago, When the Memnonium was in all its glory, And Time had not begun to overthrow Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous, Of which the very ruins are tremendous. Speak! for thou long enough hast acted dummy; Thou hast a tongue — come — let us hear its tune; Thou'rt standing on thy legs, above ground, mummy!

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