Ruinate proud buildings with thy hours

Time’s glory is to calm contending kings,
To unmask falsehood and bring truth to light,
To stamp the seal of time in aged things,
To wake the morn and sentinel the night,
To wrong the wronger till he render right,
To ruinate proud buildings with thy hours,
And smear with dust their glittering golden towers;
To fill with worm-holes stately monuments,
To feed oblivion with decay of things,
To blot old books and alter their contents,
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens’ wings,
To dry the old oak’s sap and cherish springs,
To spoil antiquities of hammer’d steel,
And turn the giddy round of Fortune’s wheel;
To show the beldam daughters of her daughter,
To make the child a man, the man a child,
To slay the tiger that doth live by slaughter,
To tame the unicorn and lion wild,
To mock the subtle in themselves beguiled,
To cheer the ploughman with increaseful crops,
And waste huge stones with little water drops.

William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

There!  That’s the only Shakespeare quote I could find that seemed remotely connected to architecture.  Can anyone suggest a better one?  Now I am going to take a nap because I am going to a midnight reading of Richard III!  Bard-a-thon is back in La Crosse again.

If you don’t know what that means you should check my links or the facebook page.  If you are in the area, YOU SHOULD COME!  All Shakespeare, all the time. This week only.  Whoopeee!

 

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