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

George Darley (1795–1846)
.. LIGHT-TROOPING 1 o’er the distant lea
A band I saw, where Revelry
Seem’d on her bacchant foot to be;
And heard the dry tambour afar
Before her Corybantian car        5
Booming the rout to winy war …
.. Uproar sweet! as when he crost,
Omnipotent Bacchus, with his host,
To farthest Ind; and for his van
Satyrs and other sons of Pan,        10
With swoln eye-burying cheeks of tan,
Who troll’d him round, which way he ran
His spotted yoke thro’ Hindustan,
And with most victorious scorn
The mild foes of wine to warn,        15
Blew his dithyrambic horn!
That each river to his source
Trembled and sank beneath his course,
Where, ’tis said of many, they
Mourn undiscover’d till this day …        20
Note 1. Darley. From ‘Nepenthe’. l. 234 and 465. [back]

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