The Story of St. Stephen, and Other Poems

The Story of St. Stephen, and Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...domain Enjoyed strong undisputed reign With broad far-reaching hand, Now holding grim court o'er the pole, Now bidding her shade-legions roll By turns o'er every land, The marching of whose shadow feet Forced proud Apollo to retreat With dim and waning ray, While Cynthia's frequent weak attack Eendered those shades more grim and black She sought to drive away, Assailed on all sides by her foes Of Light, she hastes to flee, but knows Nowhere to speed away, Save to undawning nights below, Where ceaseless fire-waves as they flow Diffuse no cheering ray. Though man, with stratagems of light, Oft strove to break the spell of night, His arts were all defied; His proud artillery of flame Was but as shafts the hand might aim Against the mountain side. Yon lighthouse in the stormy sky. Bright type of truth and constancy, The pole-star's steadfast light, Which ever since the world began Has changeless kept its faith with man, Though others changed their flight, "Whose well-known orb has often stood O'er moor and labyrinthine wood And brought the wand'rer home; Which, s tniggling through th' alarming night Has led the mariner aright Across the trackless foam, M Like some brave sentry at his post, It dies amid the fading host Of comet, moon, and sun; That calm pale ray will aid no more, Its mission of kind love is o'er, Its ancient reign is done. Ye graceful clouds for ever new; For ever robed in some fresh hue, Ye shall not pass away! The Saviour comes on clouds, whose form Was never reared by mountain storm, Whose deep foundation's boundless height Were fashioned not by Boreas' might, Nor lit by solar ray. The cliffs break up, whose close-knit chain Withstood the powers of sea and rain In all their double force; Which, when defeated from...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817508
  • 9781236817501