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  1. Ron says:

    “Tully was not so eloquent as thou,
    ⁠Thou nameless column with the buried base!
    ⁠What are the laurels of the Cæsar’s brow?
    ⁠Crown me with ivy from his dwelling-place.
    ⁠Whose arch or pillar meets me in the face,
    ⁠Titus or Trajan’s? No—’tis that of Time:
    ⁠Triumph, arch, pillar, all he doth displace
    ⁠Scoffing; and apostolic statues climb
    To crush the imperial urn, whose ashes slept sublime,

    Buried in air, the deep blue sky of Rome,
    ⁠And looking to the stars: they had contained
    ⁠A Spirit which with these would find a home,
    ⁠The last of those who o’er the whole earth reigned,
    ⁠The Roman Globe—for, after, none sustained,
    ⁠But yielded back his conquests:—he was more
    ⁠Than a mere Alexander, and, unstained
    ⁠With household blood and wine, serenely wore
    His sovereign virtues—still we Trajan’s name adore…”

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