Pyrrhus' Ring

I MARVEL much about this wondrous ring :
Plain gold the circlet, set with agate stone,
On which were graved, by Nature’s craft alone,
Pierian streams and trees, Apollo king,
And all the Muses as in act to sing.
Not only was each lovely presence known
By form, and robe, and mien, but one would own
The lyre was there, nor wanting any string!
'T was lost, with other precious things of old, —
A long time lost, till some poor husbandman
Upcast it, gleaming, from a fallow mould,
And to a sordid lapidary sold.
I know not all the chance and change it ran ;
At last, a poet was its sacristan !
Edith M. Thomas.