Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ERROR, by E. JUSTINE BAYARD

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First Line: I saw a light cloud floating in the sheen
Last Line: Leading through paths obscure, from error down to crime
Alternate Author Name(s): Cutting, E. Justine
Subject(s): Clouds; Truth

I SAW a light cloud floating in the sheen
Of the resplendent moonshine; undefined
Its fleecy edges shivered in the wind
Alone, at first it moved in distance seen,
But as it neared on the broad disk serene
Of the full moon, it grew a settled form;
And in its train appeared a shadowy swarm,
Attendant vapours, hov'ring links, between
This pale forerunner, and huge shrouds of gloom,
Which, lowering o'er the hills, portentous prophets loom.

Thus, on its inner heaven, the soul descries
Shapes of significance, indefinite,
Dimming its native clarity, yet bright
And cozening in beauty. Lone they rise,
In seeming harmless; but to virtue's eyes
When brought to Truth's illumined disk anear,
They show as darkness -- harbingers appear
Of gloomy ranks, whose dim perspective dies
In earthly mists born of corruption's slime,
Leading through paths obscure, from Error down to Crime

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