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Remote in the desert of Araby lies the nameless city, crumbling and inarticulate, its low walls nearly hidden by the sands of uncounted ages. It must have been thus before the first stones of Memphis were laid, and while the bricks of Babylon were yet unbaked. There is no legend so old as to give it a name, or to recall that it was ever alive; but it is told of in whispers around campfires and muttered about by grandams in the tents of sheiks so that all the tribes shun it without wholly knowing why.

H. P. Lovecraft, The Nameless City

The Nameless City

Nameless though not yet forgotten,
A rumour of unsettling dreams
Deep in the emptiest quarter
Sand scorch'd by merciless beams.

The dreams of the arab that mad made him scribble
"That is not dead which can eternally lie".
The riddles of ages long dead and forgotten,
With these stranger aeons even death may yet die.

What was old in the time of the ancients
What stood before the first desert sand
Once at the coast of an ocean
A harbour now in desert land.

Found in cold moonlight are its wind-wither'd ruins
Odd-angled remains abomination in sand
Dimensions pecuilar and the lines intersecting
Could such structures have been wrought by human hand?

Deserted city mongst the shifting sands
A damning sight to see
The nameless city beyond deserted lands
How can such madness be?

Man was not first of Earth's rulers
Neither shall he be its last
'Fore yet the dawn of his rising
The spell of his downfall was cast.

The spectral remains of a once-mighty empire
Withers away in Ozymandian drift
Hiding the gateway of another dimension,
Chiming it through is a Constantian shift.

Deserted city mongst the shifting sands
A damning sight to see
The nameless city beyond deserted lands
How can such madness be?

The Nameless City

Ozymandias

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