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SCORN FOR MYSELF I FEEL Whene'er I think what some rare souls have
done, Who drank the dregs of dire adversity; Who, on the Ixion
wheel of penury, Sang while they starved, as starry Chatterton;
Those that a glorious martyrdom have won, Dying in dungeons,
chanting liberty: Scorn for myself I feel, who, being free, Held
but my farthing candle to the sun. With organ-pealings deep and
reaching far, Like Bards long dead I should have spoken loud; They,
from the top of their Olympian cloud, Flung jeweled harmonies
oracular, That on the forehead of the centuries proud Live on
forever?deathless as a star PROMETHEUS CHAINED Ah no ?not tears
held back, nor wail, nor shriek, Tempestuous anger, nor delirious
groan; Nor longings, unimagined and unknown; Nor the red javelin of
the vulture's beak, ? Not these shall make the indomitable meek I
stand against the gods for man alone. This bed of anguish shall
become a throne; These chains, O Jove shall consecrate this peak.
Nay, shouldst thou slide the multitudinous sands Of Libya through
an hour-glass in thy hands To time the future of my doom forlorn,
Yield would I not Thy tortures have I borne, Thy vulture, thunder,
lightning, and commands, Yet thee I still defy?defy and scorn THE
FLIGHT Upon a cloud among the stars we stood: The angel raised his
hand, and looked, and said, Which world of all yon starry myriad
Shall we make wing to? The still solitude Became a harp whereon his
voice and mood Made spheral music round his haloed head. I
spake?for then I had not long been dead? Let me look round upon the
vasts, and brood A moment on these orbs ere I decide. . . . What is
yon lower star that beauteous shines, And with soft splendor now
incarnadines Our wings T...
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