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Unlike to living sounds it came,
Unmixed, unmelodised with breath; But, grinding through some scrannel frame,
Creaked from the bony lungs of death.
I hear it still" Depart,” it cries;
“ No tribute bear to shades unblest: Know, here a bloody Druid lies, “ Who was not nursed at Nature's breast.
“ Associate he with demons dire,
“O'er human victims held the knife, “ And pleased to see the babe expire,
“Smiled grimly o'er its quivering life.
Behold his crimson-streaming hand
“ Erect!-his dark, fixed, murderous eye!" In the dim cave I saw him stand;
And my heart died—I felt it die.
I see him still — Dost thou not see
The haggard eye-ball's hollow glare? And gleams of wild ferocity
Dart through the sable shade of hair?
What meagre form behind him moves,
With eye that rues th' invading day; And wrinkled aspect wan, that proves
The mind to pale remorse a prey?
What wretched-Hark-the voice replies,
“Boy, bear these idle honours hence!
“ Though Nature lent him powers to aid
“ The moral cause, the mutual weal; “ Those powers he sunk in this dim shade,
“The desperate suicide of zeal.
“Go, teach the drone of saintly haunts,
“ Whose cell's the sepulchre of time; Though many a holy hymn he chaunts, “ His life is one continued crime.
“And bear them hence, the plant, the flower;
“No symbols those of systems vain! “They have the duties of their hour;
“ Some bird, some insect to sustain."
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