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"EVEN AS A DRAGON'S EYE THAT FEELS THE STRESS"

          EVEN as a dragon's eye that feels the stress
          Of a bedimming sleep, or as a lamp
          Suddenly glaring through sepulchral damp,
          So burns yon Taper 'mid a black recess
          Of mountains, silent, dreary, motionless:
          The lake below reflects it not; the sky,
          Muffled in clouds, affords no company
          To mitigate and cheer its loneliness.
          Yet, round the body of that joyless Thing
          Which sends so far its melancholy light,                    10
          Perhaps are seated in domestic ring
          A gay society with faces bright,
          Conversing, reading, laughing;--or they sing,
          While hearts and voices in the song unite.


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