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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
From ‘Bisclaveret’ (Epic of Women)
By Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (1844–1881)
 
NOW over intervening waste
  Of lowland drear, and barren wold,
I scour, and ne’er assuage my haste,
  Inflamed with yearnings manifold;
 
Drinking a distant sound that seems        5
  To come around me like a flood;
While all the track of moonlight gleams
  Before me like a streak of blood;
 
And bitter stifling scents are past
  A-dying on the night behind,        10
And sudden piercing stings are cast
  Against me in the tainted wind.
 
And lo, afar, the gradual stir,
  And rising of the stray wild leaves;
The swaying pine, and shivering fir,        15
  And windy sound that moans and heaves
 
In first fits, till with utter throes
  The whole wild forest lolls about;
And all the fiercer clamour grows,
  And all the moan becomes a shout;        20
 
And mountains near and mountains far
  Breathe freely; and the mingled roar
Is as of floods beneath some star
  Of storms, when shore cries unto shore.
 
But soon, from every hidden lair        25
  Beyond the forest tracks, in thick
Wild coverts, or in deserts bare,
  Behold they come,—renewed and quick—
 
The splendid fearful herds that stray
  By midnight, when tempestuous moons        30
Light them to many a shadowy prey,
  And earth beneath the thunder swoons.
 
 
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