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Lucretia Maria Davidson (Лукреция Мария Дэвидсон)


A Dream


(Written in her fifteenth yoar)

Methought, (unwitting how the place I gained,)
I rested on a fleecy, floating cloud
Far o'er the earth, the stars, the sun, the heavens,
And slowly wheeled around the dread expanse!
Sudden, methought, a trumpet's voice was heard,
Pealing with long, loud, death-awakening note,
Such note as mortal man but once may hear!
At that heart-piercing summons, there arose
A crowd fast pouring from the troubled earth!
The earth , that blackened speck alone seemed moved
By the dread note, which rushed,
Like pent-up whirlwinds, round Heaven's azure vault;
All other worlds, all other twinkling stars
Stood mute — stood motionless;
Their time had not yet come.
Yet, ever and anon, they seemed to bow
Before the dread tribunal;
And the fiery comet, as it blazed along,
Stopped in its midway course, as conscious of the power
Which onward ever, ever had impelled:
No other planet moved, none seemed convulsed,
Save the dim orb of earth!
Forth eddying rushed a crowd, confused and dark,
Like a volcano, muttering and subdued!
There came no sound distinct, but sighs and groans,
And murmurings half suppressed, half uttered!
All eyes were upward turned in wonder and in fear,
But soon, methought, they onward rolled
To the dread High One's bar,
As the tumultuous billows rush murmuring to the shore,
And all distinctions dwindled into naught.
Upward I cast my eyes;
High on an azure throne, begirt with clouds,
Sate the dread Indescribable!
He raised his sceptre, waved it o'er the crowd,
And all was calm and silent as the grave!
He rose; the cherubs flapped their snowy wings!
On came the rushing wind — the throne was moved,
And flew like gliding swan above the crowd!
Sudden it stopped o'er the devoted world!
The Judge moved forward 'mid his sable shroud,
Raised his strong arm with rolling thunders clothed,
Held forth a vial filled with wrathful fire,
Then poured the contents on the waiting globe!
Sudden the chain, which bound it to God's throne,
Snapped with a dire explosion!
On wheeled the desolate — the burning orb
Swift through the heavens!
Down, down it plunged — then shot across the expanse,
Blazing through realms, where light had never pierced!
Down, down it plunged —fast wheeling from above,
Shooting forth flames, and sparks, and burning brands,
Trailing from shade to shade!
Then bounding, blazing —brighter than before,
It plunged extinguished in the chaotic gulf!



Lucretia Maria Davidson's other poems:
  1. The Parting of Decourcy and Wilhelmine
  2. On the Birth of a Sister
  3. The Yellow Fever
  4. Alonzo and Imanel
  5. Modesty


Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • William Allingham (Вильям Аллингам) A Dream ("I heard the dogs howl in the moonlight night")
  • Matthew Arnold (Мэтью Арнольд) A Dream ("Was it a dream? We sail'd, I thought we sail'd")
  • Robert Burns (Роберт Бернс) A Dream ("Guid-Mornin' to our Majesty!") 1786
  • Christina Rossetti (Кристина Россетти) A Dream ("Once in a dream (for once I dreamed of you)")
  • Thomas Moore (Томас Мур) A Dream ("I thought this heart enkindled lay")
  • Coventry Patmore (Ковентри Патмор (Пэтмор)) A Dream ("Amid the mystic fields of Love")
  • Bernard Barton (Бернард Бартон) A Dream ("A DREAM came lately in the hours")
  • Thomas Parnell (Томас Парнелл) A Dream ("Just when ye dead of night began to fail")
  • Stephen Phillips (Стивен Филлипс) A Dream ("MY dead love came to me, and said")
  • Letitia Landon (Летиция Лэндон) A Dream ("I was wand'ring in my sleep")
  • Edgar Poe (Эдгар По) A Dream ("In visions of the dark night")
  • Alice Cary (Элис Кэри) A Dream ("I DREAMED I had a plot of ground")
  • Mathilde Blind (Матильда Блайнд) A Dream ("Only a dream, a beautiful baseless dream")

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