The Empire

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Empire is a poem written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the collected volume Songs of the Road on 16 march 1911.


The Empire


They said that it had feet of clay,
That its fall was sure and quick.
In the flames of yesterday
All the clay was burned to brick.

When they carved our epitaph
And marked us doomed beyond recall,
"We are," we answered, with a laugh,
"The Empire that declines to fall."