Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX. 1876–79.

Central America: Copan, Guatemala


By William Leighton

(From Change)

OR more remote in forests of Copan

Are ancient sites of ruined, stone-built cities,

Where tumbling walls and statues yet well-poised,

Or fallen half buried in the rank, black soil,

Greet with mysterious mockery every eye

That looks upon their marble solitude;

While each grim figure with time-mouldered lines

Seems striving still to tell its marvellous tale.