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Rending the veil of space and time asunder!

One ocean feeds the clouds, and streams, and dew; One sun illumines heaven; one spirit vast

With life and love makes chaos ever new,
As Athens doth the world with thy delight renew.

Then Rome was, and from thy deep bosom fairest,

Like a wolf-cub from a Cadmæan Mænad, 1
She drew the milk of greatness, though thy dearest

From that Elysian food was yet unweaned;
And many a deed of terrible uprightness

By thy sweet love was sanctified;

And in thy smile, and by thy side, Saintly Camillus lived, and firm Atilius died. But when tears stained thy robe of vestal whiteness,

And gold profaned thy capitolian throne, Thou didst desert, with spirit-winged lightness,

The senate of the tyrants: they sunk prone
Slaves of one tyrant: Palatinus sighed

Faint echoes of Ionian song; that tone
Thou didst delay to hear, lamenting to disown.

From what Hyrcanian glen or frozen hill,

Or piny promontory of the Arctic main,
Or utmost islet inaccessible,

Didst thou lament the ruin of thy reign, Teaching the woods and waves, and desart rocks,

And every Naiad's ice-cold urn,

To talk in echoes sad and stern, Of that sublimest lore which man had dared unlearn ? For neither didst thou watch the wizard flocks

Of the Scald's dreams, nor haunt the Druid's sleep. What if the tears rained through thy shattered locks

Were quickly dried ? for thou didst groan, not weep When from its sea of death to kill and burn,

The Galilean serpent forth did creep,
And made thy world an undistinguishable heap.

i Sre the Bacche of Euripides.

A thousand years the Earth cried, Where art thou ?

And then the shadow of thy coming fell
On Saxon Alfred's olive-cinctured brow:

And many a warrior-peopled citadel,
Like rocks which fire lifts out of the flat deep,

Arose in sacred Italy,

Frowning o'er the tempestuous sea Of kings, and priests, and slaves, in tower-crowned majesty; That multitudinous anarchy did sweep,

And burst around their walls, like idle foam, Whilst from the human spirit's deepest deep

Strange melody with love and awe struck dumb
Dissonant arms; and Art, which cannot die,

With divine wand traced on our earthly home
Fit imagery to pave heaven's everlasting dome.

Thou huntress swifter than the Moon! thou terror

Of the world's wolves! thou bearer of the quiver,
Whose sunlike shafts pierce tempest-winged Error,

As light may pierce the clouds when they dissever In the calm regions of the orient day!

Luther caught thy wakening glance,

Like lightning, from his leaden lance Reflected, it dissolved the visions of the trance In which, as in a tomb, the nations lay;

And England's prophets hailed thee as their qneen, In songs whose music cannot pass away,

Though it must flow for ever : not unseen
Before the spirit-sighted countenance

Of Milton didst thou pass, from the sad scene
Beyond whose night he saw, with a dejected mien.


The eager hours and unreluctant years

As on a dawn-illumined mountain stood, Trampling to silence their loud hopes and fears,

Darkening each other with their multitude, And cried aloud, Liberty! Indignation

Answered Pity from her cave;

Death grew pale within the grave,
And Desolation howled to the destroyer, Save:
When like heaven's sun girt by the exhalation

Of its own glorious light, thou didst arise,
Chasing thy foes from nation unto nation

Like shadows : as if day had cloveu the skies
At dreaming midnight o'er the western wave,

Men started, staggering with a glad surprise,
Under the lightnings of thine unfamiliar eyes.


Thou heaven of earth! what spells could pall thee then,

In ominous eclipse? a thousand years
Bred from the slime of deep oppression's den,

Dyed all thy liquid light with blood and tears,
Till thy sweet stars could weep the stain away;

How like Bacchanals of blood

Round France, the ghastly vintage, stood Destruction's sceptred slaves, and Folly's mitred brood ! When one, like them, but mightier far than they,

The Anarch of thine own bewildered powers Rose: armies mingled in obscure array,

Like clouds with clouds, darkening the sacred bowers Of serene heaven. He, by the past pursued,

Rests with those dead, but unforgotten hours,
Whose ghosts scare victor kings in their ancestral towers.

England yet sleeps : was she not called of old?

Spain calls her now, as with its thrilling thunder
Vesuvius wakens Ætna, and the cold

Snow-crags by its reply are cloven in sunder: O'er the lit waves every Æolian isle

From Pithecusa to Pelorus

Howls, and leaps, and glares in chorus : They cry, Be dim; ye lamps of heaven suspended o'er us. Her chains are threads of gold, she need but smile

And they dissolve; but Spain's were links of steel,

Till bit to dust by virtue's keenest file.

Twins of a single destiny! appeal
To the eternal years enthroned before us,

In the dim West; impress us from a seal,
All ye have thought and done! Time cannot dare conceal


Tomb of Arminius! render up thy dead,

Till, like a standard from a watch-tower's staff,
His soul may stream over the tyrant's head;

Thy victory shall be his epitaph,
Wild Bacchanal of truth's mysterious wine,

King-deluded Germany,

His dead spirit lives in thee.
Why do we fear or hope ? thou art already free!
And thou, lost Paradise of this divine

And glorious world! thou flowery wilderness !
Thou island of eternity! thou shrine

Where desolation clothed with loveliness,
Worships the thing thou wert! 0 Italy,

Gather thy blood into thy heart; repress
The beasts who make their dens thy sacred palaces.


0, that the free would stamp the impious name

Of King into the dust! or write it there, So that this blot upon the page of fame

Were as a serpent's path, which the light air Erases, and the flat sands close behind !

Ye the oracle have heard :

Lift the victory-flashing sword,
And cut the snaky knots of this foul gordian word,
Which weak itself as stubble, yet can bind

Into a mass, irrefragably firm,
The axes and the rods which awe mankind;

The sound has poison in it, 'tis the sperm
Of what makes life foul, cankerous, and abhorred;

Disdain not thou, at thine appointed term,
To set thine armed heel on this reluctant worm.

XVI. 0, that the wise from their bright minds would kindle

Such lamps within the dome of this dim world, That the pale name of PRIEST might shrink and dwindle

Into the hell from which it first was hurled, A scoff of impious pride from fiends impure;

Till human thoughts might kneel alone

Each before the judgement-throne Of its own aweless soul, or of the power unknown! 0, that the words which make the thoughts obscure

From which they spring, as clouds of glimmering dew From a white lake blot heaven's blue portraiture,

Were stript of their thin masks and various hue
And frowns and smiles and splendours not their own,

Till in the nakedness of false and true
They stand before their Lord, each to receive its due.

He who taught man to vanquish whatsoever

Can be between the cradle and the grave
Crowned him the King of Life. O vain endeavour!

If on his own high will a willing slave,
He has enthroned the oppression and the oppressor.

What if earth can clothe and feed

Amplest millions at their need, And power in thought be as the tree within the seed ? O, what if Art, an ardent intercessor,

Driving on fiery wings to Nature's throne, Checks the great mother stooping to caress her,

And cries: Give me, thy child, dominion Over all height and depth? if Life can breed

New wants, and wealth from those who toil and groan Rend of thy gifts and hers a thousand fold for one.

Come Thou, but lead out of the inmost cave

Of man's deep spirit, as the morning-star
Beckons the Sun from the Eoan wave,

Wisdom. I hear the pennons of her car Self-moving, like cloud charioted by flame;

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