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A BIT OF MARBLE, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: This bit of polished marble - this
Last Line: Of lofty thought!
Subject(s): Acropolis Of Athens; Elgin Marbles; Sculpture & Sculptors


THIS bit of polished marble, this,
Was found where Athens proudly rears
Its temple-crowned Acropolis
So hoar with years.

In antique time some sculptor's hand,
Deft-turning, carved it fine and small,
A part of base or column grand,
Or capital.

Regarding it, I mind me so
A song should be, with ardor wrought, --
Cut in the firm Pentelic snow
Of lofty thought!





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