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(If Hope, and Truth, and Justice can avail) Art thou of all these hopes.-0 hail !
ANTISTROPHE B. y.
Of cities fairest one,
Rome tears the priestly cope,
An athlete stript to run
From a remoter station
As then Hope, Truth, and Justice did avail,
EPODE 1. B. Hear
the march as of the Earth-born Forms Arrayed against the ever-living Gods? The crash and darkness of a thousand storms Bursting their inaccessible abodes
Of crags and thunder-clouds ? See ye
the banners blazoned to the day, Inwrought with emblems of barbaric pride ? Dissonant threats kill Silence far
away, The Serene Heaven which wraps our Eden
With iron light is dyed, The Anarchs of the North lead forth their legions Like Chaos o'er creation, uncreating ; An hundred tribes nourished on strange religions And lawless slaveries,—down the aërial regions
Of the white Alps, desolating,
Famished wolves that bide no waiting, Blotting the glowing footsteps of old glory, Trampling our columned cities into dust,
Their dull and savage lust On Beauty's corse to sickness satiatingThey come! The fields they tread look black
and hoary With fire—from their red feet the streams run
EPODE II. B.
Which rulest and dost move
Whose woods, rocks, waves, surround it ; Who sittest in thy star, o'er Ocean's western floor,
Spirit of beauty! at whose soft command The sunbeams and the showers distil its foison
From the Earth's bosom chill; O bid those beams be each a blinding brand Of lightning! bid those showers be dews of poi
Bid the Earth's plenty kill !
Whilst light and darkness bound it,
To make it ours and thine !
Would not more swiftly flee,
The warm sun is failing, the bleak wind is wailing,
[dying, The bare boughs are sighing, the pale flowers are
And the year On the earth her death-bed, in a shroud of leaves dead,
Come, months, come away,
In your saddest array;
Of the dead cold year,
And like dim shadows watch by her sepulchre.
The chill rain is falling, the nipt worm is crawl
The rivers are swelling, the thunder is knelling For the year;
The blithe swallows are flown, and the lizards each
To his dwelling;
Come, months, come away;
Of the dead cold year,
And make her grave green with tear on tear.
DEATH is here, and death is there,
Death is busy everywhere,
All around, within, beneath,
Above is death-and we are death.
Death has set his mark and seal
First our pleasures die—and then
All things that we love and cherish,
The fiery mountains answer each other;
When the clarion of the Typhoon is blown.
From a single cloud the lightning flashes,
Is bellowing underground.