I saw before me faces float
White to black they passed by rote
They mouthed their words, they smiled their smiles
As shadow passed across the dial.
Saw I too their souls aslumber
Each one written with a number
They dreamed their dreams, they made their plans
As trickled through the glass the sands.
Saw I a scavenging lion come
To take their bodies one by one
He roared his roar, he paced about
As watchmen on the wall did shout
Saw I another lion leap
And over all the dead did weep
He roared his roar his voice it rang
As upturned faces danced and sang.