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George Meredith (Джордж Мередит)


Lucifer in Starlight


On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose.
Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend
Above the rolling ball in cloud part screened,
Where sinners hugged their spectre of repose.
Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those.
And now upon his western wing he leaned,
Now his huge bulk o'er Afric's sands careened,
Now the black planet shadowed Arctic snows.
Soaring through wider zones that pricked his scars
With memory of the old revolt from Awe,
He reached a middle height, and at the stars,
Which are the brain of heaven, he looked, and sank.
Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
The army of unalterable law. 



George Meredith's other poems:
  1. Modern Love. Sonnet 31. This Golden Head has Wit in it
  2. Modern Love. Sonnet 20. I am not of those Miserable Males
  3. The Main Regret
  4. Modern Love. Sonnet 24. The Misery is Greater, as I Live!
  5. Modern Love. Sonnet 19. No State is Enviable


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