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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Siva, Destroyer
By George Perry (1828–1888)
 
[Born in Richmond, Mass., 1828. Died in New York, N. Y., 1888. Written shortly before his death.—The Home Journal. 1888.]

WHOSE voice shall say him nay?
Whose arm shall bar his way?
Lord of unbounded sway!
      Siva, Destroyer.
 
Proud kings, whose lightest breath        5
To men is life or death,
Heeds he your ruth or wrath?
      Siva, Destroyer.
 
Mother with bleeding breast
Bowed o’er thy birdling’s nest,        10
Shall thy last woe arrest
      Siva, Destroyer?
 
Maiden with eyes of love
Fixed on the heaven above,
Hast thou a prayer to move        15
      Siva, Destroyer?
 
Youth of the lion heart,
Brave for life’s noblest art,
Shall fame’s fair glory thwart
      Siva, Destroyer?        20
 
Earth, in thy sweet array,
Bride of celestial day,
Hast thou one bloom to stay
      Siva, Destroyer?
 
Stars on the dome of night,        25
Climbing to your far height
Do ye escape his might?
      Siva, Destroyer.
 
What voice shall say him nay,
What arm shall bar his way,        30
Lord of unbounded sway!
      Siva, Destroyer.
 
 
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