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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Curse
By Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
From ‘The Curse of Kehama’

    I CHARM thy life
From the weapons of strife,
From stone and from wood,
  From fire and from flood,
  From the serpent’s tooth,        5
  And the beasts of blood;
From Sickness I charm thee,
And Time shall not harm thee:
  But Earth, which is mine,
  Its fruits shall deny thee;        10
  And Water shall hear me,
  And know thee and fly thee;
And the Winds shall not touch thee
  When they pass by thee,
And the Dews shall not wet thee        15
  When they fall nigh thee:
  And thou shalt seek Death
  To release thee, in vain;
  Thou shalt live in thy pain,
  While Kehama shall reign,        20
    With a fire in thy heart,
  And a fire in thy brain;
  And Sleep shall obey me,
    And visit thee never,
And the Curse shall be on thee        25
    Forever and ever.
 
 
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