Nicholas Michell

In yon wild valley mouldered Ammon lowers,
And shattered walls are seen, and fallen towers;
There reigned a king who swayed these palmy plains,
No child of Lot, no subject now remains,
Lone sits the stork in Amnion's royal halls,
And from her reed-grown courts the bull-frog calls.

Author's Note: The Ammonites were the descendants of the younger daughter of Lot. The ruins of Rabbath-Ammon, afterwards called Philadelphia, are situated in a deep glen about six hours' journey east of the Jordan proceeding from Jericho. Some massy stone remains of the Roman period were found by Lord Lindsay on both sides of the stream, and part of the south gate was standing. The place was haunted by a great number of storks and frogs. — Lord Lindsay's Travels.