Inscription V - For a Monument at Silbury Hill

Robert Southey


This mound in some remote and dateless day
Rear'd o'er a Chieftain of the Age of Hills,
May here detain thee Traveller! from thy road
Not idly lingering. In his narrow house
Some Warrior sleeps below: his gallant deeds
Haply at many a solemn festival
The Bard has harp'd, but perish'd is the song
Of praise, as o'er these bleak and barren downs
The wind that passes and is heard no more.
Go Traveller on thy way, and contemplate
Glory's brief pageant, and remember then
That one good deed was never wrought in vain.

Silbury Hill is a mysterious, man-made mound in Wiltshire in the West of England. It is part of the massive complex of Neolithic sites around Avebury which also includes the impressive Avebury stone circle.

Silbury Hill is about 130 ft high, and would have been a massive undertaking when built, over 4,000 years ago. Its purpose is still unclear.