Rome at the Pyramid of Cestius Near the Graves of Shelley and Keats (1887)

Who, then, was Cestius,
  And what is he to me? -
Amid thick thoughts and memories multitudinous
  One thought alone brings he.

  I can recall no word
  Of anything he did;
For me he is a man who died and was interred
  To leave a pyramid

  Whose purpose was exprest
  Not with its first design,
Nor till, far down in Time, beside it found their rest
  Two countrymen of mine.

  Cestius in life, maybe,
  Slew, breathed out threatening;
I know not. This I know: in death all silently
  He does a kindlier thing,

  In beckoning pilgrim feet
  With marble finger high
To where, by shadowy wall and history-haunted street,
  Those matchless singers lie . . .

  --Say, then, he lived and died
  That stones which bear his name
Should mark, through Time, where two immortal Shades abide;
  It is an ample fame.

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Thomas Hardy, was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Eccesiastical History at Edinburgh University. more…

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