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Short poem

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922)

The Sublime

              1To stand upon a windy pinnacle,
              2Beneath the infinite blue of the blue noon,
              3And underfoot a valley terrible
              4As that dim gulf, where sense and being swoon
              5When the soul parts; a giant valley strewn
              6With giant rocks; asleep, and vast, and still,
              7And far away. The torrent, which has hewn
              8His pathway through the entrails of the hill,
              9Now crawls along the bottom and anon
            10Lifts up his voice, a muffled tremulous roar,
            11Borne on the wind an instant, and then gone
            12Back to the caverns of the middle air;
            13A voice as of a nation overthrown
            14With beat of drums, when hosts have marched to war.

Online text copyright © 2005, 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: Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, "The Love Sonnets of Proteus," "Part IV. -- Vita Nova," CVI, Poems (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923): 92. PR 4149 B8A17
First publication date: 1881
Publication date note: The Love Songs of Proteus (London: Kegan Paul, 1881): 113. PR 4149 B8L6 1881 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2005
Recent editing: 1:2005/2/17

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: ababbcbcdedede

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