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Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Dupont's Round Fight (November, 1861)

              1In time and measure perfect moves
              2    All Art whose aim is sure;
              3Evolving rhyme and stars divine
              4    Have rules, and they endure.

              5Nor less the Fleet that warred for Right,
              6    And, warring so, prevailed,
              7In geometric beauty curved,
              8    And in an orbit sailed.

              9The rebel at Port Royal felt
            10    The Unity overawe,
            11And rued the spell. A type was here,
            12    And victory of LAW.


1] Commander S. F. Dupont led a naval fleet that captured Port Royal, South Carolina (off Hilton Head), on November 7, 1861. Dupont's South Atlantic Blockading Squadron first assaulted the stronger Fort Walker on the south and then, circling back from the sea, attacked Fort Beauregard.

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: Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (Chicago: Packard, 1947): 15. PS 2382 V5 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/6/2

Rhyme: abcb

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