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Lord Byron (1788–1824).  Manfred.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act III
 
Scene II
 
 
Another Chamber.
 
MANFRED and HERMAN.
 
  Her. My lord, you bade me wait on you at sunset:
He sinks beyond the mountain.
  Man.                Doth he so?        5
I will look on him.  [MANFRED advances to the Window of the Hall.
                Glorious Orb! the idol
Of early nature, and the vigorous race
Of undiseased mankind, the giant sons
Of the embrace of angels with a sex        10
More beautiful than they, which did draw down
The erring spirits who can ne’er return;—
Most glorious orb! that wert a worship, ere
The mystery of thy making was reveal’d!
Thou earliest minister of the Almighty,        15
Which gladden’d, on their mountain tops, the hearts
Of the Chaldean shepherds, till they pour’d
Themselves in orisons! Thou material God!
And representative of the Unknown,
Who chose thee for his shadow! Thou chief star!        20
Centre of many stars! which mak’st our earth
Endurable, and temperest the hues
And hearts of all who walk within thy rays!
Sire of the seasons! Monarch of the climes,
And those who dwell in them! for near or far,        25
Our inborn spirits have a tint of thee,
Even as our outward aspects;—thou dost rise
And shine, and set in glory. Fare thee well!
I ne’er shall see thee more. As my first glance
Of love and wonder was for thee, then take        30
My latest look: thou wilt not beam on one
To whom the gifts of life and warmth have been
Of a more fatal nature. He is gone;
I follow.  [Exit MANFRED.
 

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