Telle me where is Salamon, sumtime a kinge riche?
Or Sampson in his strenkethe, to whom was no man liche?
Or the fair man, Absolon, merveilous in chere?
Or the duke, Jonatas, a well-beloved fere?
Where is become Cesar, that lord was of al?
Or the riche man cloithd in purpur and in pal?
Telle me where is Tullius, in eloquence so swete?
Or Aristotle the philisophre with his wit so grete?
Where ben these worithy that weren here toforen?
Boithe kinges and bishopes her power is all loren.
All these grete princes with her power so hiye
Ben vanished away in twinkeling of an iye.
(courtesy of http://aclerkofoxford.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/reburying-anglo-saxon-kings.html)