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First Line: Imperial city! Dowered with sovereign grace
Last Line: Before whose shrine the spells of death are vain.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Death; Memory; Mourning; Rest; Dead, The; Bereavement

IMPERIAL City! dowered with sovereign grace
To thy renascent glory still there clings
The splendid tragedy of ancient things,
The regal woes of many a vanquished race;
And memory's tears are cold upon thy face
E'en while thy heart's returning gladness rings
Loud on the sleep of thy forgotten kings,
Who in thine arms sought Life's last resting-place.

Thy changing kings and kingdoms pass away
The gorgeous legends of a by-gone day,
But thou dost still immutably remain
Unbroken symbol of proud histories,
Unageing priestess of old mysteries
Before whose shrine the spells of Death are vain.

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