Zimbabwe

Original Text: 
The Poetical Works of Andrew Lang, ed. Mrs. Lang, 4 vols. (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1923): III, 42-43. British Library 011645.ee.47
1INTO the darkness whence they came,
2    They passed -- their country knoweth none,
3They and their gods without a name
4    Partake the same oblivion.
5Their work they did, their work is done,
6    Whose gold, it may be, shone like fire
7About the brows of Solomon,
8    And in the House of God's Desire.
9Hence came the altar all of gold,
10    The hinges of the Holy Place,
11The censer with the fragrance rolled
12    Skyward to seek Jehovah's face;
13The golden ark that did encase
14    The Law within Jerusalem,
15The lilies and the rings to grace
16    The high priest's robe and diadem.
17The pestilence, the desert spear,
18    Smote them; they passed with none to tell
19The names of them that laboured here:
20    Stark walls and crumbling crucible,
21Strait gates, and graves, and ruined well,
22    Abide, dumb monuments of old,
23We know but that men fought and fell,
24    Like us -- like us -- for love of gold.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001
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