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First Line: The 'ornament of asia' and the 'crown'
Last Line: Her rise, make asia's fall magnificent.
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): Asia; Beauty; Death; Nature; Sea; Far East; East Asia; Orient; Dead, The; Ocean

THE "Ornament of Asia" and the "Crown
Of fair Ionia." Yea; but Asia stands
No more an empress, and Ionia's hands
Have lost their sceptre. Thou, majestic town,
Art as a diamond on a faded robe:
The freshness of thy beauty scatters yet
The radiance of that sun of Empire set,
Whose disk sublime illumed the ancient globe.
Thou sitt'st between the mountains and the sea;
The sea and mountains flatter thine array,
And fill thy courts with Grandeur, not Decay;
And Power, not Death, proclaims thy cypress tree.
Through thee, the sovereign symbols Nature lent
Her rise, make Asia's fall magnificent.

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