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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Rudyard Kipling. 1865–
 
51. An Astrologer's Song
 
TO the Heavens above us 
  O look and behold 
The Planets that love us 
  All harnessed in gold! 
What chariots, what horses         5
  Against us shall bide 
While the Stars in their courses 
  Do fight on our side? 
  
All thought, all desires, 
  That are under the sun,  10
Are one with their fires, 
  As we also are one: 
All matter, all spirit, 
  All fashion, all frame, 
Receive and inherit  15
  Their strength from the same. 
  
(Oh, man that deniest 
  All power save thine own, 
Their power in the highest 
  Is mightily shown.  20
Not less in the lowest 
  That power is made clear. 
Oh, man, if thou knowest, 
  What treasure is here!) 
  
Earth quakes in her throes  25
  And we wonder for why! 
But the blind planet knows 
  When her ruler is nigh; 
And, attuned since Creation 
  To perfect accord,  30
She thrills in her station 
  And yearns to her Lord. 
  
The waters have risen, 
  The springs are unbound— 
The floods break their prison,  35
  And ravin around. 
No rampart withstands 'em, 
  Their fury will last, 
Till the Sign that commands 'em 
  Sinks low or swings past.  40
  
Through abysses unproven 
  And gulfs beyond thought, 
Our portion is woven, 
  Our burden is brought. 
Yet They that prepare it,  45
  Whose Nature we share, 
Make us who must bear it 
  Well able to bear. 
  
Though terrors o'ertake us 
  We'll not be afraid.  50
No power can unmake us 
  Save that which has made. 
Nor yet beyond reason 
  Or hope shall we fall— 
All things have their season,  55
  And Mercy crowns all! 
  
Then, doubt not, ye fearful— 
  The Eternal is King— 
Up, heart, and be cheerful, 
  And lustily sing:—  60
What chariots, what horses 
  Against us shall bide 
While the Stars in their courses 
  Do fight on our side? 
 
 
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