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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 5. ARTHUR, by            
First Line: Behind storm-fretted bastions gray and bare
Last Line: The strange gods calling through their mystic horn.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; English History


Behind storm-fretted bastions gray and bare
Flame-crested warriors of Cunedda's line
Feast in a golden ring, -- their targes shine
Along the wall and clang to gusts of air;
And in the shadow, torches blown aflare
Reveal a chief, half human, half divine,
With brooding head, starred by the Dragon Sign,
Hung motionless in some undreamed despair.

But when he starts, three torques of twisted gold
Writhe on his breast, for voices all men fear
Wail forth the battle-doom dead kings have borne;
And as the mead-hall fills with sudden cold,
Above the wind-tossed sea his heart can hear
The strange gods calling through their mystic horn.





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