Roger Casement poem: "Give back the Elgin marbles"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Wed Aug 25 10:06:21 MDT 1999

          Give back the Elgin marbles, let them lie
          Unsullied, pure beneath the Attic sky
          The smoky fingers of our northern clime
          More ruin work than all ancient time.
          How oft' the roar of the Piraean Sea
          Through column'd hall and dusky temple stealing
          Hath struck these marble ears, that now must flee
          The whirling hum of London, noonward reeling.
          Ah! let them hear again the sounds that float
          Around Athene's shrine on morning's breeze --
          The lowing ox, the bell of climbing goat
          And drowsy drone of far Hymettus' breeze.
          Give back the marbles; let them vigil keep
          Where art still lies, over Pheidias' tomb, asleep.

Louis Proyect


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