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First Line: In shards the sylvan vases lie
Last Line: Makes lime for mammon's tower.
Subject(s): Ruins

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.

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