Still successfully dost thou uphold
The weight of centuries so old,
That, like the distant mountain’s face,
They are almost hid through mists of space.
But with the penetrating eye
Of history we can descry
Their varied forms, although fierce Time
Has smoothed the edge of many a crime,
As well as marred the better act
That stood out boldly forth intact,
As thou, in former splendor grand,
Fresh from the architectural hand.
-Watie W. Swanzy, ‘Colosseum, Rome’