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MEMNON AT MIDNIGHT; TO MR. ALBERT M. BENDER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Methought upon the tomb-encumbered shore
Last Line: And music stilled to monumental stone.
Subject(s): Egypt


Methought upon the tomb-encumbered shore
I stood by Egypt's lone, monarchal stream
And saw immortal Memnon, throned supreme
In gloom as of that Memphian night of yore:
Fold upon fold purpureal he wore,
Beneath the star-borne canopy extreme—
Carven of silence and colossal dream,
Where waters flowed like sleep forevermore.

Lo, in the darkness, thick with dust of years,
How many a ghostly god around his throne,
With thronging winds that were forgotten Fames,
Stood, ere the dawn restore to ancient ears
The long-withholden thunder of their names,
And music stilled to monumental stone.





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