THE RAVAGED VILLA
by: Herman Melville (1819-1891)
POEMS BY HERMAN MELVILLE
- N shards
the sylvan vases lie,
- Their links of dance undone;
- And brambles wither by the brim,
- Choked Fountain of the Sun!
- The spider in the laurel spins,
- The weed exiles the flower,
- And, flung to kiln, Apollo's bust
- Makes lime for Mammon's tower.