The Elgin Marbles, known also as the Parthenon Marbles, are a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, inscriptions and architectural members that originally were part of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens.
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My spirit is too weak –mortality
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
Like a sick eagle looking at the sky.
Yet´tis a gentle luxury to weep
That I have not the cloudy winds to keep,
Fresh for the opening of the morning´s eye.
Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
Bring round the heart an undescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old Time –with a billowy main-
A sun –a shadow of a magnitude.
The Literature of England. By George K. Anderson and William E. Buckler. USA 1966