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First Line: Creature, begone, nor harrow me with horror
Last Line: Or dwell with thee 'midst darkness in the grave.
Subject(s): Bible; Evil; Paul, Saint (1st Century); Saul (11th Century B.c.); Saul Of Tarsus


Creature, begone, nor harrow me with horror!
Thine eyes are stars; O, cover them, O, wrap
Them up within thy cloudy brows: stand off,
Contend not with me, but say who thou art.
Lo! I am Saul, the sad, demoniac king,
But who art thou, strange, yet familiar?
Methinks I know thee,—yes, thou art my demon;
Thou art the demon that torments my soul.
I charge thee say, mysterious visitant,
At whose behest thou comest, and for what
Offences deep of mine: nay, stand aloof:
Confess, malicious goblin, or else leave me;
Leave me, O goblin, till my hour is come:
I'll meet thee after death; appoint the place;
On Gilead, or beside the flowing Jordan;
Or, if parts gloomier suit thee, I'll repair
Down into Hinnom, or up to the top
Of Horeb in the wilderness, or to the cloud-
Concealéd height of Sinai ascend,
Or dwell with thee 'midst darkness in the grave.





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