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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Chinese Empire
The Wall of China
Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)
 
Translated by Edward, Lord Lytton

THERE standeth a building which ages have tried,
  It is not a dwelling, it is not a fane;
A hundred days round it the rider may ride,
  And ride, if to compass its measure, in vain.
And years told in hundreds against it have striven,        5
  By time never sapped, and by storm never bowed,
Still sublimely it stands in the rainbow of heaven,
  Reaching now to the ocean and now to the cloud.
Not constructed a boast to vainglory to yield,
It serves as defender, to save and to shield;        10
And nowhere its like on the earth is surveyed;
And yet by the labors of man it was made!
 
 
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