History's finest poets and writers articulate their thoughts on the world's most celebrated attractions. This week: the Pyramids.
"Pyramids loom before me something vast, undefined, incomprehensible and awful. Line of desert and verdure plainer than that between good and evil."

Herman Melville, Journal, 1857
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"Twentie yeares it was a building, by three hundred threescore and sixe thousand men, who onely Radishes, Garlicke and Oniones are said to have consumed."

George Sandys, Discourses, 1610

"The mighty pyramids of stone/When nearer seen and better known/Are but gigantic flights of stairs."

Longfellow, The Ladder of St Augustine, 1850

"All things dread Time: but Time dreads the Pyramids."