Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NORDIC, by JOEL ELIAS SPINGARN

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First Line: Rainbows and stardust found no room
Last Line: "has cradled you as well as me."
Subject(s): Alps; Mountains; Rainbows; Hills; Downs (great Britain)

Rainbows and stardust found no room
In the dark wood, in the grey gloom,
Until a strange god poured a flood
Of sweetness in this brutal blood;
Then from their gothic chrysalis
They flew to meet his melting kiss;
They drank his blood as starry wine
Beyond the sources of the Rhine;
No Alpine pinnacles possess
A faith beyond their soaring stress;
Until at last they found his home
Hid in a sunlit altar of Rome.
"O sons of Thor," (do you hear his cry?)
"In me you live, in him you die;
Athens, Sinai, Nazareth
Taught you the meaning of life and death;
The glittering Mediterranean sea
Has cradled you as well as me."

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