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Unlike to living sounds it came,

Unmixed, unmelodised with breath; But, grinding through some scrannel frame,

Creaked from the bony lungs of death.

I hear it still" Depart,” it cries;

“ No tribute bear to shades unblest: Know, here a bloody Druid lies, “ Who was not nursed at Nature's breast.

“ Associate he with demons dire,

“O'er human victims held the knife, “ And pleased to see the babe expire,

“Smiled grimly o'er its quivering life.

Behold his crimson-streaming hand

“ Erect!-his dark, fixed, murderous eye!" In the dim cave I saw him stand;

And my heart died—I felt it die.

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I see him still — Dost thou not see

The haggard eye-ball's hollow glare? And gleams of wild ferocity

Dart through the sable shade of hair?

What meagre form behind him moves,

With eye that rues th' invading day; And wrinkled aspect wan, that proves

The mind to pale remorse a prey?

What wretched-Hark-the voice replies,

“Boy, bear these idle honours hence!
For, here a guilty hermit lies,
“Untrue to Nature, Virtue, Sense.

“ Though Nature lent him powers to aid

“ The moral cause, the mutual weal; “ Those powers he sunk in this dim shade,

“The desperate suicide of zeal.

“Go, teach the drone of saintly haunts,

“ Whose cell's the sepulchre of time; Though many a holy hymn he chaunts, “ His life is one continued crime.

“And bear them hence, the plant, the flower;

“No symbols those of systems vain! “They have the duties of their hour;

“ Some bird, some insect to sustain."


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