Earthly Pomp


Though not widely recognized for his poetry, Earthly Pomp is a fine example of Hawthorne's achievements in the Dark Romanticism genre.
Earthly Pomp
Vincent van Gogh, Starry night over the Rhone, 1888
Oh, earthly pomp is but a dream,
And like a meteor's short-lived gleam;
And all the sons of glory soon
Will rest beneath the mould'ring stone.
And Genius is a star whose light
Is soon to sink in endless night,
And heavenly beauty's angel form
Will bend like flower in winter's storm.

Enjoy reading some of Hawthorne's other Dark Romantic poems, such as Oh Could I Raise the Darken'd Veil


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