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Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

The Ravaged Villa


In shards the sylvan vases lie,
Their links of dance undone,
And brambles wither by thy brim,
Choked fountain of the sun!
The spider in the laurel spins,
The weed exiles the flower:
And, flung to kiln, Apollo's bust
Makes lime for Mammon's tower.

Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

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