A Parthenon picture by the moon and a poem by Herman Melville

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Athens, Monuments \\ A Parthenon picture by the moon and a poem by Herman Melville


Herman Melville’s The Parthenon


Seen aloft from afar

Estranged in site,
Aerial gleaming, warmly white,
You look a suncloud motionless
In noon of day divine;
Your beauty charmed enhancement takes
In Art’s long after-shine.


Nearer viewed

Like Lais, fairest of her kind,
In subtlety your form’s defined —
The cornice curved, each shaft inclined,
While yet, to eyes that do but revel
And take the sweeping view,
Erect this seems, and that a level,
To line and plummet true.

Spinoza gazes; and in mind
Dreams that one architect designed
Lais — and you!


The Frieze

What happy musings genial went
With airiest touch the chisel lent
To frisk and curvet light
Of horses gay — their riders grave —
Contrasting so in action brave
With virgins meekly bright,
Clear filing on in even tone
With pitcher each, one after one
Like water-fowl in flight.


The last Tile

When the last marble tile was laid
The winds died down on all the seas;
Hushed were the birds, and swooned the glade;
Ictinus sat; Aspasia said
” Hist! — Art’s meridian, Pericles! “

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