Classic and Contemporary Poetry
TO THE SPHINX, by CHARLES V. H. ROBERTS
First Line: I sat at eve time on the lybian sands
Last Line: Against her breasts of history.
Subject(s): Egypt; Nile (River); Sphinx
I sat at eve time on the Lybian sands,
And watched Night's shadows creep from up the Nile
In languorous attitudes for Egypt's rest.
Above, the Sphinx purred o'er the dark-ning lands,
Reaching skyward in a great caress
Across the Age of Mystery.
I rose and stood beneath a Peristyle:
She stooped and pressed me there, erewhile,
Against her Breasts of History.
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