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Petra – John William Burgon

Petra_al_deirA rose-red city half as old as time..

  

Petra

It seems no work of Man’s creative hand,
By labor wrought as wavering fancy planned;
But from the rock as if by magic grown,
Eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
Where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
That crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
That first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
Which Man deemed old two thousand years ago.
Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
A rose-red city half as old as time.

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2 thoughts on “Petra – John William Burgon

  1. TK on said:

    This is not Petra. 🙂 Petra is carved out of the rock and the rock (surrounding the facade) is still there. This is Petra–> http://livo.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/petra-castle.jpg

  2. TK, just google ed-deir or go to http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo246438.htm
    There’s over 800 monuments in Petra. The one depicted here is The Hermitage or Monastery.

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