by Robert Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon

Gaunt on the cloudy plain
Stand the great Stones,
Dwarfed in the vast reach
Of a sky that owns
All the measure of earth
Within its cloud--hung cave.
Dumb stands the Circle
As on a God's grave.
But clattering with horses
Up from the valley,
With horses and horsemen
At a trot, gaily
Dragging the limbered guns,
Youth comes riding,--
Easy sits, mettlesome
Horses bestriding.
Fast come the twinkling hoofs,
Light wheels and guns,
Invading the upland,
And sweep past the Stones.
Giant those shapes now
Over them tower,--
Time's dark stature
Over Youth's fleet hour.
Ribs of dismemoried Earth,
Guard what you may!
The Immortals also
Pass, nor stay.

Last updated January 14, 2019