Momus – Erostratus

From the album ‘Bibliotek‘ (2012).


On the night of July 21st, 356 BC
I, Erostratus, burned to the ground
One of the wonders of the world
The fabulous temple of Artemis
Here in the great port of Ephesus

I did it to get famous
To thwart me
The authorities stupidly forbade my name
On pain of death
Ever to be mentioned again

The fools! That was my guarantee
Of immortality
Some tool in the 21st century
Even as we speak is singing about me!

And in your day I have many imitators and admirers
My name endures, said Sartre
“Like a black diamond”

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