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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Ode to Joy

Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
.. BEHOLD 1 the white clouds roll along the blue,
  And like the clouds do flocks o’erspread the plain;
And like them winds the forest out of view;
  Shall not Joy’s chariot come with splendid train,
And he descend and walk the living air,        5
  With Melody and Peace, and Happy Love,
Wing-footed, rosy-limbed, with myrtle rare
  And olive crowned from old Eleusis’ grove?
Ah, no, the fury Night will soon be here;
  She comes with storms that drive the flocks away,        10
And takes the large free clouds to make her bier,
  And rends the leaves; no longer youth can stay
          Nor joy appear.
Note 1. R. W. Dixon. Last stanza of Ode to Joy: in ‘Christ’s Company’. Smith Elder. 1861. [back]

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