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Andromeda and Other Poems   By: (1819-1875)

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Andromeda Hypotheses Hypochondriacae Trehill Well In an Illuminated Missal The Weird Lady Palinodia A Hope The Poetry of a Root Crop Child Ballad Airly Beacon Sappho The Bad Squire Scotch Song The Young Knight A New Forest Ballad The Red King The Outlaw Sing Heigh ho! A March A Lament The Night Bird The Dead Church A Parable from Liebig The Starlings Old and New The Watchman The World's Age The Sands of Dee The Tide Rock Elegiacs Dartside My Hunting Song Alton Locke's Song The Day of the Lord A Christmas Carol The Oubit The Three Fishers Sonnet Margaret to Dolcino Dolcino to Margaret The Ugly Princess Sonnet The Swan neck A Thought from the Rhine The Longbeards' Saga. A.D. 400 Saint Maura. A.D. 304 On the Death of a Certain Journal Down to the Mothers To Miss Mitford Ballad of Earl Haldan's Daughter Frank Leigh's Song. A.D. 1586 Ode to the North east Wind A Farewell To G. A. G. The South Wind The Invitation The Find Fishing Song The Last Buccaneer The Knight's Return Pen y gwrydd Ode Songs from 'The Water babies' The Tide River Young and Old The Summer Sea My Little Doll The Knight's Leap The Song of the Little Baltung. A.D. 395 On the Death of Leopold, King of the Belgians Easter Week Drifting Away Christmas Day September 21, 1870 The Mango tree The Priest's Heart 'Qu'est Qu'il Dit' The Legend of La Brea Hymn The Delectable Day Juventus Mundi Valentine's Day Ballad Martin Lightfoot's Song


Over the sea, past Crete, on the Syrian shore to the southward, Dwells in the well tilled lowland a dark haired AEthiop people, Skilful with needle and loom, and the arts of the dyer and carver, Skilful, but feeble of heart; for they know not the lords of Olympus, Lovers of men; neither broad browed Zeus, nor Pallas Athene, Teacher of wisdom to heroes, bestower of might in the battle; Share not the cunning of Hermes, nor list to the songs of Apollo. Fearing the stars of the sky, and the roll of the blue salt water, Fearing all things that have life in the womb of the seas and the livers, Eating no fish to this day, nor ploughing the main, like the Phoenics, Manful with black beaked ships, they abide in a sorrowful region, Vexed with the earthquake, and flame, and the sea floods, scourge of Poseidon. Whelming the dwellings of men, and the toils of the slow footed oxen, Drowning the barley and flax, and the hard earned gold of the harvest, Up to the hillside vines, and the pastures skirting the woodland, Inland the floods came yearly; and after the waters a monster, Bred of the slime, like the worms which are bred from the slime of the Nile bank, Shapeless, a terror to see; and by night it swam out to the seaward, Daily returning to feed with the dawn, and devoured of the fairest, Cattle, and children, and maids, till the terrified people fled inland. Fasting in sackcloth and ashes they came, both the king and his people, Came to the mountain of oaks, to the house of the terrible sea gods, Hard by the gulf in the rocks, where of old the world wide deluge Sank to the inner abyss; and the lake where the fish of the goddess, Holy, undying, abide; whom the priests feed daily with dainties. There to the mystical fish, high throned in her chamber of cedar, Burnt they the fat of the flock; till the flame shone far to the seaward. Three days fasting they prayed; but the fourth day the priests of the goddess, Cunning in spells, cast lots, to discover the crime of the people. All day long they cast, till the house of the monarch was taken, Cepheus, king of the land; and the faces of all gathered blackness. Then once more they cast; and Cassiopoeia was taken, Deep bosomed wife of the king, whom oft far seeing Apollo Watched well pleased from the welkin, the fairest of AEthiop women: Fairest, save only her daughter; for down to the ankle her tresses Rolled, blue black as the night, ambrosial, joy to beholders... Continue reading book >>

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