Treasure Island

Ralph Hodgson

(9 September 1871 – 3 November 1962)

Babylon


If you could bring her glories back!
You gentle sirs who sift the dust
And burrow in the mould and must
Of Babylon for bric-a-brac;
Who catalogue and pigeon-hole
The faded splendours of her soul
And put her greatness under glass -
If you could bring her past to pass!
If you could bring her dead to life!
The soldier lad; the market wife;
Madam buying fowls from her;
Tip, the butcher's bandy cur;
Workmen carting bricks and clay;
Babel passing to and fro
On the business of a day
Gone three thousand years ago -
That you cannot; then be done,
Put the goblet down again,
Let the broken arch remain,
Leave the dead men's dust alone -
Is it nothing how she lies,
This old mother of you all,
You great cities proud and tall
Towering to a hundred skies
Round a world she never knew,
Is it nothing, this, to you?
Must the ghoulish work go on
Till her very floors are gone?
While there's still a brick to save
Drive these people from her grave!
The Jewish seer when he cried
Woe to Babel's lust and pride
Saw the foxes at her gates;
Once again the wild thing waits.
Then leave her in her last decay
A house of owls, a foxes' den;
The desert that till yesterday
Hid her from the eyes of men
In its proper time and way
Will take her to itself again.

Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Babylon by Ralph Hodgson )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Sun Sets, Lore Me34
  2. Dreams, Kshitiz Gupta
  3. If Only, Kshitiz Gupta
  4. Science and Religion, SANDIP GOSWAMI
  5. ............. Traveling To Meet Minor In.., Is It Poetry
  6. So Much More, Sandra Feldman
  7. 157. An Ex's Word Is Easily Broken, John Westlake
  8. Kiss Me, Adriana Avilaa
  9. She Knew it was Irrational, Jacqueline Nash
  10. pass the offering plate, Mandolyn ...

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Autumn, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. The Tiger, William Blake
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. No Man Is An Island, John Donne

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]