The Fleeting Scepter

Pat Conley

Each nation’s meteoric rise

Implies the certain dread demise

Of the very one that fickle Fate

Had chosen first to elevate.

Proud Egypt, Babylonia

Assyria then Greece

Enjoyed a transitory reign

Ere their domination ceased.

Resplendent Rome attained the crest

Controlling all by force of sword

Till corrupted from within

It bowed before the Teuton hoard.

Modern Europe soon emerged

Its powers tide like rose and fell

Constant strife with one another

Caused to toll the fatal knell.

Now we hold the fleeting scepter

The duty ours to show the way,

Will we crush the force of evil

Or become its feeble prey?

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