"The sleeping palace"
di Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

The varying year with blade and sheaf
Clothes and reclothes the happy plains.
Here rests the sap within the leaf,
Here stays the blood along the veins...
Here stoops the banner on the tower.
On the hall-hearths the festal fires,
The peacock in his laurel bower,
The parrot in his gilded wires.
Roof-haunting martins warm their eggs:
In these, in those the life is stayed.
The mantles from the golden pegs
Droop silently: no sound is made.