Sunday, December 03, 2006


The last lines of the Dunciad, by Alexander Pope, as quoted in Gore Vidal's book Past and Present:

Nor public flame no private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire, CHAOS! is restor'd;
ight dies before they uncreating word;
Thy hand, great Anarch, lets the curtain fall,
And universal Darkness buries all.