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Lord Byron (1788–1824).  Poetry of Byron.  1881.
 
III. Dramatic
Manfred’s Farewell to the Sun
 
(Manfred, Act iii. Scene 2.)

                        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
More beautiful than they, which did draw down        5
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,
Which gladden’d, on their mountain tops, the hearts        10
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,
Centre of many stars! which mak’st our earth        15
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,
Our inborn spirits have a tint of thee        20
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
My latest look: thou wilt not beam on one        25
To whom the gifts of life and warmth have been
Of a more fatal nature. He is gone:
I follow.
 
 
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