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Page 288 - I HAD a dream, which was not all a dream. The bright sun was extinguished, and the stars Did wander darkling in the eternal space, Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air...
Page 290 - And they were enemies; they met beside The dying embers of an altar-place Where had been heap'da mass of holy things For an unholy usage; they raked up, And shivering scraped with their cold skeleton hands The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath Blew for a little life, and made a flame Which was a mockery; then they lifted up Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld Each other's aspects - saw, and shriek'd, and died Even of their mutual hideousness they died, Unknowing who he was upon whose brow...
Page 289 - The brows of men by the despairing light Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits The flashes fell upon them : some lay down And hid their eyes, and wept ; and some did rest Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smiled ; And others hurried to and fro, and fed Their funeral piles with fuel, and looked up With mad disquietude on the dull sky, The pall of a past world, and then again With curses cast them down upon the dust, And gnashed their teeth, and howled...
Page 289 - A fearful hope was all the world contained; Forests were set on fire — but hour by hour They fell and faded — and the crackling trunks Extinguish'd with a crash — and all was black.
Page 290 - Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one, And he was faithful to a corse, and kept The birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay, Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead Lured their lank jaws; himself sought out no...
Page 43 - ... if the total quantity of heat which the earth receives from the sun in the course of a year were uniformly distributed over all points of the globe, and were employed without loss in dissolving ice, it would melt a stratum which would have the above thickness.
Page 290 - Ships, sailorless, lay rotting on the sea, And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropped They slept on the abyss, without a surge ; The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave; The moon, their mistress, had expired before; The winds were withered in the stagnant air, And the clouds perished: Darkness had no need Of aid from them — she was the universe.
Page 289 - And War, which for a moment was no more, Did glut himself again : — a meal was bought AVith blood, and each sate sullenly apart Gorging himself in gloom : no love...
Page 289 - Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left; All earth was but one thought — and that was death, Immediate and inglorious; and the pang Of famine fed upon all entrails — men Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh; The meagre by the meagre were devoured.