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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Arabia: Desert of Arabia
The Locusts
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
(From Thalaba the Destroyer, Book III)

    THEN Moath pointed where a cloud
      Of locusts, from the desolated fields
          Of Syria, winged their way.
          “Lo! how created things
          Obey the written doom.”        5
  Onward they came, a dark continuous cloud
      Of congregated myriads numberless,
  The rushing of whose wings was as the sound
    Of some broad river, headlong in its course
Plunged from a mountain summit; or the roar        10
    Of a wild ocean in the autumnal storm,
  Shattering its billows on a shore of rocks.
Onward they came, the winds impelled them on,
  Their work was done, their path of ruin past,
    Their graves were ready in the wilderness.        15
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