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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Sun-God
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
 
I SAW the Master of the Sun. He stood
High in his luminous car, himself more bright;
  An Archer of immeasurable might:
On his left shoulder hung his quiver’d load;
Spurn’d by his steeds the eastern mountains glow’d;        5
  Forward his eagle eye and bow of Light
He bent, and while both hands that arch embow’d,
  Shaft after shaft pursued the flying night.
 
No wings profaned that godlike form: around
  His neck high-held an ever-moving crowd        10
Of locks hung glistening: while such perfect sound
  Fell from his bowstring that th’ ethereal dome
Thrill’d as a dew-drop; and each passing cloud
  Expanded, whitening like the ocean foam.
 
 
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