The Sphinx By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Sphinx By Ralph Waldo Emerson The Sphinx is drowsy, Her wings are furled: Her ear is heavy, She broods on the world. “Who’ll tell me my secret, The ages have kept?– I awaited the seer While they slumbered and slept:– “The fate of the man-child, The meaning of man; Known fruit of the unknown; […]

The Sphynx By Euripides

The Sphynx By Euripides Chorus from The Phoenician Women O winged Fiend, who from the Earth And an infernal Viper drew’st thy birth, Thou cam’st, thou cam’st, to bear away, Amidst incessant groans, thy prey, And harass Cadmus’ race, Thy frantic pinions did resound, Thy fangs impress’d the ghastly wound, Thou ruthless monster with a […]

The Sphinx By Ivan Turgenev

The Sphinx By Ivan Turgenev Yellowish-grey sand, soft at the top, hard, grating below… sand without end, where-ever one looks. And above this sandy desert, above this sea of dead dust, rises the immense head of the Egyptian sphinx. What would they say, those thick, projecting lips, those immutable, distended, upturned nostrils, and those eyes, […]

A Sphinx By Carl Sandburg

A Sphinx By Carl Sandburg Close-Mouthed you sat five thousand years and never let out a whisper. Processions came by, marchers, asking questions you answered with grey eyes never blinking, shut lips never talking. Not one croak of anything you know has come from your cat crouch of ages. I am one of those who […]

The Sphinx By Henry Howard Brownell

The Sphinx By Henry Howard Brownell They glare,—those stony eyes! That in the fierce sun-rays Showered from these burning skies, Through untold centuries Have kept their sleepless and unwinking gaze. Since what unnumbered year Hast thou kept watch and ward, And o’er the buried Land of Fear So grimly held thy guard? No faithless slumber […]

The Sphinx By Edith Nesbit

The Sphinx By Edith Nesbit THIS mystery of golden hair, Of eyes and lips and bosom fair, Is not–if one could really see– Mere flesh and blood, like you and me: This is a sphinx whose still lips say This one thing ever, day by day, To all who cross her in life’s ways: ‘Which […]

The Laughter Of The Sphinx By Michael Palmer

The Laughter Of The Sphinx By Michael Palmer The laughter of the Sphinx caused my eyes to bleed The blood from my eyes flowed onto that ancient map of sand Ridiculous as I am often have I been drawn to such lands rippling oceans of silence and the distant, enigmatic glow of burning shops and […]

The Three Sphinxes By George Sylvester Viereck

The Three Sphinxes By George Sylvester Viereck Before the image older than the world, Or ill or good, By Titan hand into the desert hurled, In the Egyptian sunset musing stood— Long having travelled by fantastic roads Where in deep sands the tremulous footstep sinks— The oldest and the youngest of the gods, Saying: “Upon […]

To The Sphinx By John L. Stoddard

To The Sphinx By John L. Stoddard O sleepless Sphinx! Thy sadly patient eyes, Forever gazing o’er the shifting sands, Have watched Earth’s countless dynasties arise, Stalk forth like spectres waving gory hands, Then fade away with scarce a lasting trace To mark the secret of their dwelling place: O sleepless Sphinx! O changeless Sphinx! […]

Story Of The Dream Stele By M.L Kiser

Story Of The Dream Stele By M.L Kiser By the Sphinx he slept, the young Tuthmosis, from heat prostration lay at midday with shade of Ra in repose upon his brow. The sun at its zenith voice of his god whispered to him, “I am your father Horemakhet-Khepri-Ra-Atum.” A promise bestowed, a reward of Pharoah, […]