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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Invocation to the Spirit of Achilles
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
BEAUTIFUL 1 shadow
  Of Thetis’s boy!
Who sleeps in the meadow
  Whose grass grows o’er Troy:
From the red earth, like Adam,        5
  Thy likeness I shape,
As the being who made him,
  Whose actions I ape.
Thou clay, be all glowing
  Till the rose in his cheek        10
Be as fair as, when blowing,
  It wears its first streak!
Ye violets, I scatter,
  Now turn into eyes!
And thou, sunshiny water,        15
  Of blood take the guise!
Let these hyacinth boughs
  Be his long flowing hair,
And wave o’er his brows
  As thou wavest in air!        20
Let his heart be this marble
  I tear from the rock!
But his voice as the warble
  Of birds on yon oak!
Let his flesh be the purest        25
  Of mould, in which grew
The lily-root surest,
  And drank the best dew!
Let his limbs be the lightest
  Which clay can compound,        30
And his aspect the brightest
  On earth to be found!
Elements, near me,
  Be mingled and stirr’d,
Know me, and hear me,        35
  And leap to my word!
Sunbeams, awaken
  This earth’s animation!
’Tis done! He hath taken
  His stand in creation!        40
Note 1. From The Deformed Transformed. Part 1, sc. i. [back]

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