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Short poem

George Meredith (1828-1909)

Lucifer in Starlight

              1On a starred night Prince Lucifer uprose.
              2Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend
              3Above the rolling ball in cloud part screened,
              4Where sinners hugged their spectre of repose.
              5Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those.
              6And now upon his western wing he leaned,
              7Now his huge bulk o'er Afric's sands careened,
              8Now the black planet shadowed Arctic snows.
              9Soaring through wider zones that pricked his scars
            10With memory of the old revolt from Awe,
            11He reached a middle height, and at the stars,
            12Which are the brain of heaven, he looked, and sank.
            13Around the ancient track marched, rank on rank,
            14The army of unalterable law.


10] the old revolt from Awe: the rebellion of Satan against God.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: George Meredith, Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth (London: Macmillan, 1883). end M474 P64 1883d Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1883
RPO poem editor: H. Kerpneck
RP edition: 3RP 3.297.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30

Rhyme: abbacddcefeggf

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