|I SAW the other day the Sphinx's painted face.
She had painted her face in order to ogle Time.
And he has spared no other painted face in all the world
Delilah was younger than she, and Delilah is dust.
Time hath loved nothing but this worthless painted face.
I do not care that she is ugly, nor that she has painted her
face, so that she only lure his secret from Time.
Time dallies like a fool at her feet when he should be
Time never wearies of her silly smile.
There are temples all about her that he has forgotton to
I saw an old man go by and time never touched him.
Time that has carried away the seven gates of Thebes!
She has tried to bind him with ropes of eternal sand, she
had hoped to oppress him with the Pyramids.
He lies there in the sun with his foolish hair all spread
about her paws.
If she ever learns his secret we will put out his eyes, so
that he shall find no more our beautiful things --- there are
lovely gates in Florence that I fear he will carry away.