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The mighty thought of an old world

Language: English

The mighty [thought]1 of an old world
[Fans]2, like a dragon's wing unfurled,
   The surface of my yearnings deep;
And solemn shadows then awake,
Like [the]3 fish-lizard in the lake,
   Troubling a planet's morning sleep.

My waking is a Titan's dream,
Where a strange sun, long set, doth beam
   Through Montezuma's cypress bough:
Through the fern wilderness forlorn
Glisten the giant harts' great horn,
   And serpents vast with helmed brow.

The measureless from caverns rise
With steps of earthquake, thunderous cries,
   And graze upon the lofty wood;
The palmy grove, through which doth gleam
Such antediluvian ocean's stream,
   Haunts shadowy my domestic mood.


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Note: also titled in various publications as "Song of Thanatos" and "The Song of Thanatos" among others.
1 Berkeley: "thoughts"
2 Berkeley: "Fan"
3 Berkeley: "a"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Text added to the website: 2008-06-14.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:44
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