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THE 'MOSES' OF MICHAEL ANGELO, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: And who is he that, sculptured in huge stone
Last Line: Had been your error in adoring him.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Jews; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Moses; Sculpture & Sculptors; Judaism

AND who is He that sculptured in huge stone,
Sitteth a giant, where no works arrive
Of straining Art, and hath so prompt and live
The lips, I hasten to their very tone?
Moses is He—Ay, that makes clearly known
The chin's thick boast, and brow's prerogative
Of double ray; so did the mountain give
Back to the world that visage, God was grown
Great part of! Such was he when he suspended
Round him the sounding and vast waters; such
When he shut sea on sea o'er Mizraim.
And ye, his hordes, a vile calf raised, and bended
The knee? This Image had ye raised, not much
Had been your error in adoring Him.

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