Poems— Volume 2

Author: George Meredith


Chirping none, the scarlet cicadas crouched in ranks:
Slack the thistle-head piled its down-silk grey:
Scarce the stony lizard sucked hollows in his flanks:
Thick on spots of umbrage our drowsed flocks lay.
Sudden bowed the chestnuts beneath a wind unheard,
Lengthened ran the grasses, the sky grew slate:
Then amid a swift flight of winged seed white as curd,
Clear of limb a Youth smote the master’s gate.
God! of whom music
And song and blood are pure,
The day is never darkened
That had thee here obscure.


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Chicago: George Meredith, "II," 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 October 2, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ19DDNNTDM2K87.

MLA: Meredith, George. "II." 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. 2 Oct. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ19DDNNTDM2K87.

Harvard: Meredith, G, 'II' in Poems— Volume 2, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems—Volume 2, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 2 October 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ19DDNNTDM2K87.