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Not heard before by Gods or wo: Also, when he would taste the spid Of incense, breath'd aloft from sac Instead of sweets, his ample palat Savour of poisonous brass and met And so, when harbour'd in the sle After the full completion of fair da For rest divine upon exalted couch And slumber in the arms of melodi He pac'd away the pleasant hours With stride colossal, on from hall While far within each aisle and de His winged minions in close cluste Amaz'd and full of fear; like anxi Who on wide plains gather in pant When earthquakes jar their battle Even now, while Saturn, rous'd fro Went step for step with Thea throw Hyperion, leaving twilight in the r Came slope upon the threshold of Then, as was wont, his palace-door In smoothest silence, save what sol Blown by the serious Zephyrs, gave And wandering sounds, slow-breati And like a rose in vermeil tint and In fragrance soft, and coolness to th That inlet to severe magnificence Stood full blown, for the God to ent


He enter'd, but he enter'd f1
His flaming robes stream!
And gave a roar, as if
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And made their




From stately nave to nave, from vault to vault,
Through bowers of fragrant and enwreathed light,
And diamond-paved lustrous long arcades,
Until he reach'd the great main cupola;
There standing fierce beneath, he stampt his foot,
And from the basements deep to the high towers
Jarr'd his own golden region; and before
The quavering thunder thereupon had ceas'd,
His voice leapt out, despite of godlike curb,
To this result: “O dreams of day and night!
“O monstrous forms! O effigies of pain !
“O spectres busy in a cold, cold gloom!
“O lank-ear'd Phantoms of black-weeded pools !
“Why do I know ye? why have I seen ye? why
“Is my eternal essence thus distraught
“To see and to behold these horrors new ?
“ Saturn is fallen, am I too to fall ?
“ Am I to leave this haven of my rest,
“ This cradle of my glory, this soft clime,
“ This calm luxuriance of blissful light,
“These crystalline pavilions, and pure fanes,
“Of all my lucent empire? It is left
“Deserted, void, nor any haunt of mine.
“The blaze, the splendor, and the symmetry,
“I cannot see--but darkness, death and darkness.
“Even here, into my centre of repose,
“ The shady visions come to domineer,
“ Insult, and blind, and stifle up my pomp.-
“Fall !-No, by Tellus and her briny robes !
“Over the fiery frontier of my realms
“I will advance a terrible right arm
“Shall scare that infant thunderer, rebel Jove,
And bid old Saturn take his throne again.”—
He spake, and ceas'd, the while a heavier threat






Held struggle with his throat but came not forth;
For as in theatres of crowded men
Hubbub increases more they call out “Hush !”
So at Hyperion's words the Phantoms pale

Bestirr'd themselves, thrice horrible and cold ;
And from the mirror'd level where he stood
A mist arose, as from a scummy marsh.
At this, through all his bulk an agony
Crept gradual, from the feet unto the crown,

260 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,

265 He breath'd fierce breath against the sleepy portals, Clear'd them of heavy vapours, 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,

270 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 275 Sweet-shaped lightnings from the nadir deep Up to the zenith,-hieroglyphics old, Which sages and keen-ey'd astrologers Then living on the earth, with labouring thought Won from the gaze of many centuries :

280 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 Possess'd 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 were ;
While still the dazzling globe maintain'd eclipse,
Awaiting for Hyperion's command.
Fain would he have commanded, faint took throne 290
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
Open'd upon the dusk demesnes of night;
And the bright Titan, phrenzied with new woes,
Unus'd to bend, by hard compulsion bent

300 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 radiance faint. There as he lay, the Heaven with its stars

305 Look'd down on him with pity, and the voice Of Cælus, from the universal space, Thus whisper'd low and solemn in his ear. “O brightest of my children dear, earth-born And sky-engendered, Son of Mysteries

310 “ All unrevealed even to the powers " Which met at thy creating; at whose joys " And palpitations sweet, and pleasures soft, "I, Cælus, wonder, how they came and whence; “ And at the fruits thereof what shapes they be, 315 “ Distinct, and visible ; symbols divine, “Manifestations of that beauteous life “ Diffus'd unseen throughout eternal space : “Of these new-form'd art thou, oh brightest child !


“Of these, thy brethren and the Goddesses !

320 “ There is sad feud among ye, and rebellion “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 his voice “ Found way from forth the thunders round his head ! " Pale wox I, and in vapours hid 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 demeanour, solemn, undisturb'd,

330 “ Unruffled, like high Gods, ye liv'd 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, O Son !

335 “ 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;

340 My life is but the life of winds and tides, “ No more than winds and tides can I avail :“ But thou canst.–Be thou therefore in the van “Of circumstance; yea, seize the arrow's barb “ Before the tense string murmur.—To the earth !

345 “ For there thou wilt find Saturn, and his woes. “ Meantime I will keep watch on thy bright sun, “ And of thy seasons be a careful nurse."Ere half this region-whisper had come down, Hyperion arose, and on the stars

350 Lifted his curved lids, and kept them wide Until it ceas'd; and still he kept them wide : And still they were the same bright, patient stars.

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