You've Come to Rome

Timothy Adès

So now you’ve come
To roam in Rome
You see no Rome
In Rome at all
This broken dome
That wilted wall:
They call it Rome.
No more, that’s all.
The pride the fall
Rome had it all
Subdued the world
She ruled by law,
Till downward hurled
In selfish fall
Tamed by time’s maw
That conquers all.
Rome is Rome’s sole
Her self-defeat
Is terminal.
Tiber who drains
And runs to sea
Alone remains.
What flourishes
Is fallible
What vanishes
Is durable.

Translated by Timothy Adès.

Original poem in French by Joachim du Bellay

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Main Location:

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Other locations:

Ruins of Ancient Rome