Now virgin forest

Where now the virgin forest reigns
In solitary state,
There once an ancient city stood –
This pillar marks the gate.
Along this road the cohorts march’d,
To conquer and subdue;
But now the twining creepers wide
Their gaudy blossoms shew.
Beside yon stream a palace stood,
With marble baths and halls,
But now the writhing jungle splits
And crumbles in the walls.
So kingdom after kingdom dies,
Its laws and statutes fall,
But Man’s hope and Man’s endeavour
Lives and triumphs over all.

School poems