Posted by: Who-sane | July 8, 2007

Rose-red … as if the blush of dawn

PetraLong before it was dubbed a wonder of the world, never in his life did John William Burgon (1813 – 1888) visit the rose-red city, but surely he had a clear vista (yes that’s the word) of Petra and all the magnificence it embraces.

Many people had described Petra to Burgon, but in his brilliant mind’s eye, he composed one of the most beautiful sonnets ever written by Man, a sonnet called Petra. Petra, the sonnet, gave back generously, immortalizing his name as a winner of the Newdigate Prize for the sonnet Petra:

It seems no work of Man’s creative hand,
by labor wrought as wavering fancy plnned;
But from the rock as by magic grown,
eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
where erst Athena held her rites divine;
Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
The hues of yough upon a brow of woe,
which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,

 

match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
a rose-red city half as old as time.

Congratulations Petra, congratulations Jordan, but above all …

Congratulations to the whole World!


Responses

  1. Did you know that only 1% is excavated, I saw it on a history channel program early this year; it is just amazing how unappreciative we are for what god blessed us with..Bas asma3 el thahabat wen ra7en?
    Mabrook jordan, Jordan first, Kollna el ordun, o kol hath ma kan le ya79ol lawla da3m jalalet sayyedna alla ya6wel 3omro..😀

  2. I really think this poem should be engraved on the Siq, or any place where people can see it and know about it, not just some soft copy text on the net. It’s so beautiful!

  3. looooooooooooooooool @ Muhammand.. wallahi I am sooooo for Petra, and your dedicationed Muhammaed are in their place.. hehehe ;))

  4. OopPps , I meant Muhannad

  5. […] else (below) doesn’t matter now, as last night, the whole world bowed in respect for the rose-red, half as old as time, city, voted for its Engineering and Protection […]

  6. Simply beautiful.. Just beautiful..

  7. I always loved Petra sooooooo much. I have been to Petra more than 10 times and I was lucky to have lived there for 3 weeks.
    I love Petra a lot, but what I love more than Petra are the people of Wadi Musa, I hope this brings them a lot of work.

  8. Petra deserved it!

  9. […] new Seven World Wonders. Most seem to be celebrating with a lot of poetic and unbridled enthusiasm (even from afar), but some are wondering, some are lamenting and some are thinking of the alternatives. Meanwhile, […]

  10. […] new Seven World Wonders. Most seem to be celebrating with a lot of poetic and unbridled enthusiasm (even from afar), but some are wondering, some are lamenting and some are thinking of the alternatives. Meanwhile, […]

  11. […] Who-sane writes the entertaining To Whom It May Not Concern blog, also known as Diary of a Jordanian Expat. Not content with that, the author also contributes to another Arab expats blog. […]


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