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1868 Excerpt: ...heads with a human-like shame; The elephant hid in
the boughs, and the bear Shed over his eyes the dark veil of his
hair; And the womanly soul turning sick with disgust, Tried to
vomit herself from her serpentine crust; While all groan'd their
groans into one at their lot, As I brought them the image of what
they were not. Then rose a wild sound of the human voice choaking
Through vile brutal organs--low tremulous croaking; Cries swallow'd
abruptly--deep animal tones Attuned to strange passion, and
full-utter'd groans; All shuddering weaker, till hush'd in a pause
Of tongues in mute motion and wide-yawning jaws; And I guess'd that
those horrors were meant to tell o'er The tale of their woes; but
the silence told more That writhed on their tongues; and I knelt on
the sod, And pray'd with my voice to the cloud-stirring God, For
the sad congregation of supplicants there, That upturn'd to his
heaven brute faces of prayer; And I ceased, and they utter'd a
moaning so deep, That I wept for my heart-ease, --but they could
not weep, And gazed with red eyeballs, all wistfully dry, At the
comfort of tears in a stag's human eye. Then I motion'd them round,
and, to soothe their distress, I caress'd, and they bent them to
meet my caress, Their necks to my arm, and their heads to my palm,
And with poor grateful eyes suffer'd meekly and calm Those tokens
of kindness, withheld by hard fate From returns that might chill
the warm pity to hate; So they passively bow'd--save the serpent,
that leapt To my breast like a sister, and pressingly crept In
embrace of my neck, and with close kisses blister'd My lips in rash
love, --then drew backward, and glister'd Her eyes in my face, and
loud hissing affright, Dropt down, and swift started away from my
sight This sorrow was theirs, bu...
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