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THE LORDS OF LIFE: 3. SATURN, by            
First Line: Beware! His eye is not less stern and cold
Last Line: While that large planet travels through the air.


BEWARE! His eye is not less stern and cold
Than that of her who cuts the fatal thread;
Arrows of mischief in his beams are shed,
Disease and death that seek the guarded fold;
And treason flourishes, and hate grows bold.
His light was in the spaces overhead
When Cæsar fell at Pompey's statue dead,
And Father Tiber trembled as he rolled.
Pity the child that opens now its eyes
For the first time and meets that baleful stare;
Pity the ship that out of harbor flies,
If Saturn reigns, although the winds be fair;
Good fortune withers at the root and dies
While that large planet travels through the air.





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