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Like a lithe serpent vast and muscular Making slow way, with head and neck

convuls'd From over-strained might. Releas'd, he

fled To the eastern gates, and full six dewy

hours Before the dawn in season due should

blush, He breath'd fierce breath against the

sleepy portals. Clear'd them of heavy vapors, burst

them wide Suddenly on the ocean's chilly streams. The planet orb of fire, whereon he rode Each day from east to west the heavens

through, Spun round in sable curtaining of clouds : Not therefore veiled quite, blindfold,

and hid, But ever and anon the glancing spheres, Circles, and arcs, and broad-belting

colure, Glow'd through, and wrought upon the

muffling dark Sweet-shaped lightnings from the nadir

deep Up to the zenith, -hieroglyphics old, Which sages and keen-eyed astrologers Then living on the earth, with laboring

thought Won from the gaze of many centuries : Now lost, save what we find on remnants

huge Of stone, or marble swart; their import

gone, Their wisdom long since fled.-Two

wings this orb Possessid for glory, two fair argent

wings, Ever exalted at the God's approach : And now, from forth the gloom their

plumes immense Rose, one by one, till all outspreaded

Opend upon the dusk demesnes of night: And the bright Titan, phrenzied wit

new woes, Unus'd to bend, by hard compulsion belt His spirit to the sorrow of the time ; And all along a dismal rack of clouds. Upon the boundaries of day and night. He stretch'd himself in grief and rali

ance faint. There as he lay, the Heaven with it

stars Look'down on him with pity, and the

voice or Cælus, from the universal space, Thus whisper'd low and solemn in bio “O brightest of my children dear, eart:

born And sky-engendered, Son of Mysteries All unrevealed even to the powers Which met at thy creating; at whose ja And palpitations sweet, and pleasures

soft, I, Cælus, wonder, how they came and

whence; And at the fruits thereof what shapes

they be, Distinct, and visible; symbols divine, Manifestations of that beauteous life Diffus d unseen throughout eternal

space; Of these new-form'd art thou, ob

brightest child ! Of these, thy brethren and the Gul

desses ! There is sad feud among ye, and rebel

lion Of son against his sire. I saw him fall. I saw my first-born tumbled from his

throne ! To me his arms were spread, to me bis

voice Found way from forth the thunder

round bis head ! Pale wox I and in vapors bid my face Art thou, too, near such doom ? vague

fear there is : For I have seen my sons most unlike

Gods. Divine ye were created, and divine In sad demeanor, solemn, undisturbid, Unruffled, like high Gods. ye livd and

ruled : Now I behold in you fear, hope, and

wrath ; Actions of rage and passion ; even as I see them, on the mortal world beneath. In men who die.-This is the grief, u

Son !

were:

While still the dazzling globe maintain'd

eclipse, Awaiting for llyperion's command. Fain would he have commanded, fain

took throne And bid the day begin, if but for change. He might not :-No, though a primeval

God: The sacred seasons might not be

disturb'd. Therefore the operations of the dawn Stay'd in their birth, even as here 'tis told. Those silver wings expanded sisterly, Eager to sail their orb; the porches wide

Sad sign of ruin, sudden dismay, and

fall! Yet do thou strive; as thou art capable, As thou canst move about, an evident

God; And canst oppose to each malignant hour Ethereal presence:-I am but a voice ; My life is but the life of winds and tides, No more than winds and tides can I

avail :Bit thou canst.-Be thou therefore in

the van Of circumstance; yea, seize the artow's

barb Before the tense string murmur.--To

the earth ! For there thou wilt find Saturn, and

his woes. Meantime I will keep watch on thy

bright sun, And of thy

be careful nurse. Ere half this region-wliisper had come

down, Hyperion arose, and on the stars Lified his curved lids, and kept them

wide Until it ceasd ; and still he kept then

wide : And still they were the same bright,

patient stars. Then with a slow incline of his broad

breast, Like to a diver in the pearly seas, Forwarid he stoop'd over the airy shore, And plung'd all noiseless into the deep

night.

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Forehead to forehead held their mon

strous horns ; And thus in thousand hugest phantasies Made a fit roofing to this nest of woe. Instead of thrones, hard flint they sat

upon, Couches of rugged stone, and slaty ridge Stubborn'd with iron. All were not as

sembled : Some chain'd in torture, and some wan

dering. Cous, and Gyges, and Briareüs, Typhon, and Dolor, and Porphyrion, With many more, the brawniest in as

sault, Were pent in regions of laborious breath; Dungeon'd in opaque element, to keep Their clenched teeth still clench'd, and

all their limbs Lock'd up like veins of metal, crampt

and screw'd ; Without a motion, save of their big

hearts Heaving in pain, and horribly convuls’d With sanguine feverous boiling gurge

of pulse. Mnemosyne was straying in the world ; Far from her moon had Phoebe Wan

dered ; And many else were free to roam abroad, But for the main, here found they covert

drear. Scarce images of life, one here, one there, Lay vast and edgeways ; like a dismal

cirque Of Druid stones, upon a forlorn moor, When the chill rain begins at shut of

eve, In dull November, and their chancel

vault, The Heaven itself, is blinded throughout

night. Each one kept shroud, nor to his neighOr word, or look, or action of despair. Creüs was one ; his ponderous iron mace Lay by him, and a shatter'd rib of rock Told of his rage, ere he thus sank and

pined. läpetus another; in his grasp. A serpent's plashy neck; its barbed

tongue Squeez'd from the gorge, and all its

uncurl'd length Dead ; and because the creature could

not spit Its poison in the eyes of conquering Jove.

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Till on the level height their steps found Then Thea spread abroad her trembling Upon the precincts of this nest of pain, And sidelong fix'd her eye on Saturn's

face : There saw she direst strife; the supreme

God At war with all the frailty of grief, Of rage, of fear, anxiety, revenge, Remorse, spleen, hope, but most of all

hespair. Against these plagues he strove in vain ;

for Fate Had pour'd a mortal oil upon his head, I disanointing poison : so that Thea, Affrighted, kept her still, and let bim

pass First onwards in, among the fallen

tribe.

As though in pain; for still upon the

flint He ground severe his skull, with open

mouth And eyes at horrid working. Nearest

him Asia, born of most enormous Caf, Who cost her mother Tellus keener

pangs, Though feminine, than any of her sons : More thought than woe was in her dusky

face, For she was prophesying of her glory ; And in her wide imagination stood Palm-shaded temples, and high rival

fanes, By Oxus or in Ganges' sacred isles. Even as Hope upon her anchor leans, So leant she, not so fair, upon a tusk Shed from the broadest of her elephants. Above her, on a crag's uneasy shelve, Upon his elbow rais'd, all prostrate else, Shadow'd Enceladus ; once tame and

mild As grazing ox un worried in the meals ; Now tiger-passion'd, lion-thoughted,

wroth, He meditated, plotted, anıl even now Was hurling mountains in that second

war, Not long delay'd, that scard the younger

Gods To hide themselves in forms of beast and

bird. Nor far hence Atlas ; and beside him

prone Phorcus, the sire of Gorgous. Neigh

bord close Oceanus, and Tethys, in whose lap Sobbd Clymene among her tangled hair. In midst of all lay Themis, at the feet Of Ops the queen all clouded round

from sight; No shape distinguishable, more than

when Thick night confounds the pine-tops with

the clouds : And many else whose names may not be

told. For when the Muse's wings are air-ward

spread, Who shall delay her flight? And she

must chant Of Saturn, and his guide, who now had climb'd

[(lepth With damp and slippery footing from a More horrid still. Above a sombre cliff Their heads appeard, and up their

As with us mortal men, the laden

heart Is persecuted more, and fever'd more, When it is nighing to the mournful house Where other hearts are sick of the same

bruise ; So Saturn, as he walk'd into the midst, Felt faint, and would have sunk among

the rest, But that he met Enceladus's eve, Whose mightiness, and awe of him, at

once * Came like an inspiration ; and he

shouted, ** Titans, behold your God!" at which

some groan'd; Some started on their feet; some also

shouted ; Some wept, some wail'd, all bow'd with

reverence ; And Ops, upifting her black folded veil, Show'd her pale cheeks, and all her

forehead wan, Her eye-brows thin and jet, and hollow

eves. There is a roaring in the bleak-grown

pines When Winter lifts his voice ; there is a

noise Among immortals when a God gives

sign, With hushing finger, how he means to

load His tongue with the full weight of utter

less thought, With thunder, and with music, and with What can I! Tell me, all ye brethren

stature grew

pomp:

Gods, How we can war, how engine our great

wrath ! O speak your counsel now, for Saturn's

ear

Is all a-hunger'd. Thou, Oceanus, Ponderest high and deep; and in thy face I see, astonied, that severe content Which comes of thought and musing ;

give us help!”

h noise is like the roar of bleak

grown pines ; ich, when it ceases in this mount

aind world, other sound succeeds; but ceasing

here, long these fallen, Saturn's voice there.

from w up like organ, that begins anew strain, when other harmonies, stopt

short, ive the dinn’d air vibrating silverly. us grew it up—"Not in my own sad

breast, hich is its own great judge and

searcher out, I find reason why ye should be thus : t in the legends of the first of days, Wied from that old spirit-leaved book pich starry Uranus with finger bright r'd from the shores of darkness, when

the waves webb'd still hid it up in shallow

gloom ;id the which book ye know I ever kept r my firm-based footstool :--Ah, in

firm ! it there, nor in sign, symbol, or portent element, earth, water, air, and fire, war, at peace, or inter-quarrelling le against one, or two, or three, or all ich several one against the other three, i fire with air loud warring when rain

floods own both, and press them both against

earth's face, here, finding sulphur, a quadruple

wrath nhinges the poor world ;-not in that

strife, herefrom I take strange lore, and read

it deep, in I find reason why ye should be thus ; 0, no-where can unriddle, though I

search, nd pore on Nature's universal scroll Fen to swooning, why ye, Divinities, he first-born of all shap'd and palpable

Gods, hould cower beneath what, in com

parison. i untremendous might. Yet ye are

here, verwhelm'd, and spurn'd, and batter'd,

ye are here ! Titans, shall I say · Arise !'- Ye groan : hall I say

Crouch !'-Ye groan. What can I then ? ) Heaven wide! O unseen parent dear!

So ended Saturn; and the God of the

Sea, Sophist and sage, from no Athenian

grove, But cogitation in his watery shades, Arose, with locks not oozy, and began, In murmurs, which his first-endeavor

ing tongue Caught infant-like from the far foamed

sands. “ O ye, whom wrath consumes! who,

passion-stung, Writhe at defeat, and nurse your

agonies ! Shut up your senses, stifle up your ears, My voice is not a bellows unto ire. Yet listen, ye who will, whilst I bring

proof How ye, perforce, must be content to

stoop; And in the proof much comfort will

I give, If ye will take that comfort in its truth. We fall by course of Nature's law, not

force Of thunder, or of Jove. Great Saturn,

thou Hast sifted well the atom-universe ; But for this reason, that thou art the

King, And only blind from sheer supremacy, One avenue was shaded from thine eyes, Through which I wandered to eternal

truth. And first, as thou wast not the first of

powers, So art thou not the last ; it cannot be ; Thou art not the beginning nor the end. From chaos and parental darkness came Light, the first fruits of that intestine

broil, That sullen ferment, which for wondrous

ends Was ripening in itself. The ripe hour

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Upon its own producer, forthwith

touch'd The whole enormous matter into life. Upon that very hour, our parentage, The Heavens and the Earth, were mani

fest : Then thou first-born, and we the giant

race, Found ourselves ruling new and beau

teous realms. Now comes the pain of truth, to whom

'tis pain : O folly ! for to bear all naked truths, And to envisage circumstance, all calm, That is the top of sovereignty. Mark

well ! As Heaven and Earth are fairer, fairer

far Than Chaos and blank Darkness, though

once chiefs ; And as

we show beyond that Heaven

and Earth In form 'and shape compact and beau

tiful, In will, in action free, companionship, And thousand other signs of purer life ; So on our heels a fresh perfection treads, A power more strong in beauty, born

of us And fated to excel us, as we pass In glory that old Darkness : nor are we Thereby more conquer'd, than by us the

rule Of shapeless Chaos. Say, doth the dull

soil Quarrel with the proud forests it hath

fed, And feedeth still, more comely than

itself ? Can it deny the chiefdom of green

groves ? Or shall the tree be envious of the dove Because it cooeth, and hath snowy wings To wander wherewithal and find itsjoys? We are such forest-trees, and our fair

boughs Have bred forth, not pale solitary doves, But eagles golden-feather’d, who do

tower Above us in their beauty, and must reign In right thereof ; for 'tis the eternal law That first in beauty should be first in

might : Yea, by that law, another race may drive Our conquerors to mourn as we do now. Have ye beheld the young God of the

Seas, My dispossessor? Have ye seen his face? Have ye beheld his chariot, foam'd along

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disdain, They guarded silence, when Oceans Left murmuring, what deepest tlu 1,

can tell ? But so it was,

answer'd fut space, Save one whom none regarded, 1,

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plain'd, With hectic lips, and eyes up-lenku

mild, Thus wording timidly among the fier O Father, I am here the sims

voice, And all my knowledge is that jor issui. And this thing woe crept in among!

hearts, There to remain for ever, as I fear: I would not bode of evil, if I thought So weak a creature could turn off their Which by just right should conie

mighty Gods ; Yet let me tell my sorrow, let me te Of what I heard, and how it made !

weep, And know that we had parted from :

hope. I stood upon a shore, a pleasant shore. Where a sweet clime was breathed in

a land Of fragrance, quietness, and trees, ar

flowers. Full of calm joy it was, as I of grirt: Too full of joy and soft delic

warmth ; So that I felt a movement in my heart To chide, and to reproach that solitudo With songs of misery, music of our ve And sat me down, and took a mouth

shell And murmur'd into it, and made !!

lodyO melody no more! for while I sang,

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