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THE LORDS OF LIFE: 2. JUPITER, by            
First Line: How calmly, and with what a shield of light
Last Line: Rules, loving all the dwellers of the earth.


HOW calmly, and with what a shield of light,
The powerful sovereign of the earth and air
Is winding up the blue Olympian stair
Into the realm of the imperial night!
No longer hurling from his dizzy height
The twisted bolt that sets the world aglare,
Nor fiercely driving the dark clouds that bear
The thunder-stone to startle and affright,—
But shining as a star adown whose ray
Glides what is salutary, what is worth
More than aught else upon the natal day
Of beings destined to a mortal birth:
For Jove is kind, and with benignant sway
Rules, loving all the dwellers of the earth.





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