Maybe I understood because I saw her in that early hour of the morning when even the stony Memnon
sings, in that mystical light of the young day when divine exiled things, condemned to rough bondage through the noon, are for a short magical hour their own celestial selves, their unearthly glory as yet unhidden by any earthly disguise.
Prophetic sounds and loud, arise forever "From us, and from all Ruin, unto the wise, "As melody from Memnon
to the Sun.
Here is a crumbling wall that was old when Columbus discovered America; was old when Peter the Hermit roused the knightly men of the Middle Ages to arm for the first Crusade; was old when Charlemagne and his paladins beleaguered enchanted castles and battled with giants and genii in the fabled days of the olden time; was old when Christ and his disciples walked the earth; stood where it stands today when the lips of Memnon
were vocal and men bought and sold in the streets of ancient Thebes!
The river-horse couches there among the bulrushes, and on a great granite throne sits the God Memnon
Croiset remark, the abusive Thersites in the "Aethiopis" is clearly copied from the Thersites of the "Iliad"; in the same poem Antilochus, slain by Memnon
and avenged by Achilles, is obviously modelled on Patroclus.
At first he had fancied the Red One to be some colossal statue, like Memnon
, rendered vocal under certain temperature conditions of sunlight.
By the blushes of Aurora and the music of Memnon
, what should be man's morning work in this world?