Dites-moi où, n'en quel pays,
Est Flora, la belle- Romaine;
Archipiada, et Thais,
Qui fut sa cousine germaine;

Echo, parlant quand bruit on mène
Dessus rivière ou sur étang;
Qui beauté eut trop plus qu'humaine?
Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?

Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis

François Villon

Tell me where, in what country,
Is Flora, the fair Roman;
Archipiada, and Thaïs,
Who was her first cousin;

Echo, still speaking when sound leads you
Near a river or pond;
She who had too much beauty for mankind?
But where are the snows of yesteryear?

- beginning,
Song of the Ladies of Once Upon a Time

translation by Scott Bodenheimer 1997

Amarna Style, Head of a Princess
c. 1350 B.C.E, limestone
The Louvre , 6" high

The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Shall meet me here within the Coliseum!
Type of the antique Rome - rich reliquary
Of lofty contemplation left to Time
By buried centuries of pomp and power!
At length, at length after so many days
Of weary pilgrimage, and burning thirst
(Thirst for the springs of lore that in thee lie)
I stand, an altered and an humble man
Amid thy shadows, and so drink within
My very soul thy grandeur, gloom, and glory!

- pg. 144, Politian: A Tragedy, [1833],
Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, volume I - Poems
Thomas Ollive Mabbott ed., Belknap Press, 1969, Cambridge

Edgar Allan Poe

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