1 The Song of the Agèd Mother, which shook the heavens with wrath,
2 And thus beginneth the Book of Vala, which whosoever reads
3 If with his Intellect he comprehend
6 The heavens shall quake; the Earth shall move and thunder, and the mountains
7 With all their woods: the streams and valleys waild in dismal fear.
4 To hear the sound of long resounding strong heroic verse,
5 Marshalld in order for the day of Intellectual Battle
indicating the sequence of lines by the prefixed numerals. Later he deleted ll. 2, 3, 6, 7, changed To hear the sound in l. 4 to Hearing the march, and again numbered the remaining lines in the order given in my text. [back]