Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE METEOR, by HORACE W. STOKES

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THE METEOR, by                
First Line: A sudden sword of brilliant light
Last Line: The men long dead, their god unknown.
Subject(s): Meteors; Yale University

A SUDDEN sword of brilliant light
Unearthly, flashed across the night
And cleft it with a blinding seam.
Flung down upon a dreaming world
Fantastic shades that leaped and whirled,
To melt away beneath its gleam.

"Behold! A god descends to earth!
A gloom-god of portentous birth!
A god of pestilence and storm!
Kneel to the god!" With cries of fear
Men viewed the monster crouching near,
And shunned its dark metallic form.

-- Worn smooth by time and sleet and rain,
Imbedded in a barren plain,
The form still rests, forlorn, alone;
The men long dead, their god unknown.

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