“No Amphion’s Lyre”

"Amphion Builds the Walls  of Thebes by the Music of His Lyre" Barbard Picart, 1731

“Amphion Builds the Walls of Thebes by the Music of His Lyre” Barnard Picart, 1731

No Amphion’s lyre
To raise each stone
And build the Theban walls.
With just these two bare hands,
I must dig out each word
From the hard, stony ground
And set them one by one
To build this monument of words.

( “No Amphion’s Lyre” © 2013.  All rights reserved. )

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A 19th-century romantic poet living in the 21st-century. The Romantic poets, nib pens, candlelight, waistcoats, and pocket watches are a few of my favorite things.
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2 Responses to “No Amphion’s Lyre”

  1. Not everyday I find a classical reference on WordPress. Bravo!

    Julien Haller

    • Thank you.
      I recently came across the reference to Amphion and his lyre in the explanatory notes to Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Aurora Leigh” ( Oxford World Classics, 2008 ).

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