Monday, 27 July 2009

Treasury, Petra


Treasury, Petra
Originally uploaded by edwbaker
It seems no work of Man's creative hand,
By labor wrought as wavering fancy planned;
But from the rock as if by magic grown,
Eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
Where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
That crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
That first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
Which Man deemed old two thousand years ago.
Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
A rose-red city half as old as time.

by John William Burgon (1845)

1 comment:

MY HOMESTAY said...

Hi Ed..me Deen from Golden Sand, Malaysia. Nice photos of Petra. Greeting from Malaysia.

Deen

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