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Siegfried Sassoon: What is Stonehenge
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What is Stonehenge?

What is Stonehenge? It is the roofless past;
Man's ruinous myth; his uninterred adoring
Of the unknown in sunrise cold and red;
His quest of stars that arch his doomed exploring.
And what is Time but shadows that were cast
By these storm-sculptured stones while centuries fled?
The stones remain; their stillness can outlast
The skies of history hurrying overhead.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

Thanks to Nancy (Stones List) for first drawing my attention to this poem and to Moth for posting the 1786 illustration by Byrne and Medland of Stonehenge at - Both poem and illustration are now up on Megalithic Poems at

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2nd November 2005ce

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