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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
“By the Hoof of the Wild Goat”
 
BY the Hoof of the Wild Goat uptossed
From the cliff where she lay in the Sun
Fell the Stone
To the Tarn where the daylight is lost,
So she fell from the light of the Sun        5
And alone!
 
Now the fall was ordained from the first
With the Goat and the Cliff and the Tarn,
But the Stone
Knows only her life is accursed        10
As she sinks from the light of the Sun
And alone!
 
Oh Thou Who has builded the World,
Oh Thou Who has lighted the Sun,
Oh Thou Who has darkened the Tarn,        15
Judge Thou
The sin of the Stone that was hurled
By the goat from the light of the Sun,
As she sinks in the mire of the Tarn,
Even now—even now—even now!        20
 
 
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