Poems— Volume 2

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Author: George Meredith

III

Nor had saffron and sapphire and red
Waved aloft to their sisters below,
When gaped by the rock-channel head
Of the lake, black, a cave at one blow,
Reverberant over the plain:
A sound oft fearfully swung
For the coming of wrathful rain:
And forth, like the dragon-tongue
Of a fire beaten flat by the gale,
But more as the smoke to behold,
A chariot burst. Then a wail
Quivered high of the love that would fold
Bliss immeasurable, bigger than heart,
Though a God’s: and the wheels were stayed,
And the team of the chariot swart
Reared in marble, the six, dismayed,
Like hoofs that by night plashing sea
Curve and ramp from the vast swan-wave:
For, lo, the Great Mother, She!
And Callistes gazed, he gave
His eyeballs up to the sight:
The embrace of the Twain, of whom
To men are their day, their night,
Mellow fruits and the shearing tomb:
Our Lady of the Sheaves
And the Lily of Hades, the Sweet
Of Enna: he saw through leaves
The Mother and Daughter meet.
They stood by the chariot-wheel,
Embraced, very tall, most like
Fellow poplars, wind-taken, that reel
Down their shivering columns and strike
Head to head, crossing throats: and apart,
For the feast of the look, they drew,
Which Darkness no longer could thwart;
And they broke together anew,
Exulting to tears, flower and bud.
But the mate of the Rayless was grave:
She smiled like Sleep on its flood,
That washes of all we crave:
Like the trance of eyes awake
And the spirit enshrouded, she cast
The wan underworld on the lake.
They were so, and they passed.

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Chicago: George Meredith, "III," Poems— Volume 2, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems—Volume 2 (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed January 27, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=483A53I76RBCP2V.

MLA: Meredith, George. "III." Poems— Volume 2, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems—Volume 2, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 27 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=483A53I76RBCP2V.

Harvard: Meredith, G, 'III' in Poems— Volume 2, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems—Volume 2, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 27 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=483A53I76RBCP2V.