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  1. Ron says:

    “Simple, erect, severe, austere, sublime
    ⁠Shrine of all saints and temple of all Gods,
    ⁠From Jove to Jesus—spared and blest by Time
    ⁠Looking tranquillity, while falls or nods
    ⁠Arch—empire—each thing round thee—and Man plods
    ⁠His way through thorns to ashes—glorious Dome!
    ⁠Shalt thou not last? Time’s scythe and Tyrants’ rods
    ⁠Shiver upon thee—sanctuary and home
    Of Art and Piety—Pantheon!—pride of Rome!

    Relic of nobler days, and noblest arts!
    ⁠Despoiled yet perfect! with thy circle spreads
    ⁠A holiness appealing to all hearts;
    ⁠To Art a model—and to him who treads
    ⁠Rome for the sake of ages. Glory sheds
    ⁠Her light through thy sole aperture; to those
    ⁠Who worship, here are altars for their beads
    ⁠And they who feel for Genius may repose
    Their eyes on honoured forms, whose busts around them close…” (Byron)

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