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"Thou seest; foul missionaries of foul sire,
"Fierce to regain the losses of that hour
"When LOVE rose glittering, and his gorgeous wings
"Over the abyss flutter'd with such glad noise, "As what time after long and pestful calms,
"With slimy shapes and miscreated life
"Poisoning the vast Pacific, the fresh breeze "Wakens the merchant-sail uprising. Night "An heavy unimaginable moan
"Sent forth, when she the PROTOPLAST beheld "Stand beauteous on Confusion's charmed wave. "Moaning she fled, and entered the Profound "That leads with downward windings to the Cave "Of Darkness.palpable, Desart of Death "Sunk deep beneath GEHENNA's massy roots. "There many a dateless age the Beldame lurk'd "And trembled; till engender'd by fierce HATE, "Fierce HATE and gloomy HOPE, a DREAM arose, 66 Shap'd like a black cloud mark'd with streaks of fire. "It rous'd the Hell-Hag: she the dew-damp wiped "From off her brow, and thro' the uncouth maze "Retraced her steps; but ere she reach'd the mouth "Of that drear labyrinth, shuddering she paused, "Nor dared re-enter the diminish'd Gulph.
"As thro' the dark vaults of some moulder'd Tower
"" (Which, fearful to approach, the evening Hind "Circles at distance in his homeward way)
"The winds breathe hollow, deem'd the plaining groan
"Of prison'd spirits; with such fearful voice
"NIGHT murmur'd, and the sound thro' Chaos went. Leapt at her call her hideous-fronted brood!
"A dark behest they heard, and rush'd on earth,
"Rebels from God, and Monarchs o'er Mankind!
From his obscure haunt
Shriek'd FEAR, of Cruelty the ghastly Dam,
"Even so" (the exulting Maiden said)
"The sainted Heralds of Good Tidings fell,
"And thus they witness'd God! But now the clouds "Treading, and storms beneath their feet, they soar
Higher, and higher soar, and soaring sing
"Loud songs of Triumph! O ye spirits of God, "Hover around my mortal agonies!"
She spake, and instantly faint melody
Melts on her ear, soothing and sad, and slow,
Foretell and solace death; and now they rise
At length awakening slow, she gazed around :
Still thinning as she gaz'd, an Isle appear'd,
Stretch'd opposite, where ever and anon
*Revel. vi. 9, 11. And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. And white robes were given unto every one of them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
The Plough-man following sad his meagre team
But soon a deep precursive sound moan'd hollow: Black rose the clouds, and now, (as in a dream) Their reddening shapes, transform'd to Warrior-hosts, Cours'd o'er the Sky, and battled in mid-air.
Nor did not the large blood-drops fall from Heaven
Portentous! while aloft were seen to float,
Like hideous features blended with the clouds,
Then o'er the plain with oft reverted eye
Fled till a Place of Tombs she reach'd, and there
The delegated Maid
Gaz'd thro' her tears, then in sad tones exclaim'd, “Thou mild-ey'd FORM! wherefore, ah! wherefore fled? "The name of JUSTICE written on thy brow
"Resplendent shone; but all they, who unblam'd "Dwelt in thy dwellings, call thee HAPPINESS.
"Ah! why, uninjured and unprofited,
"Should multitudes against their brethren rush?
Why sow they guilt, still reaping Misery?
"Lenient of care, thy songs, O PEACE! are sweet,
"But boasts the shrine of Dæmon WAR one charm,
"The Maniac SUICIDE and Giant MURDER