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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
On a Falling Group in the Last Judgment of Michael Angelo
By Washington Allston (1779–1843)
HOW vast, how dread, o’erwhelming, is the thought
Of space interminable! to the soul
A circling weight that crushes into naught
Her mighty faculties! a wondrous whole,
Without or parts, beginning, or an end!        5
How fearful, then, on desperate wings to send
The fancy e’en amid the waste profound!
Yet, born as if all daring to astound,
Thy giant hand, O Angelo, hath hurled
E’en human forms, with all their mortal weight,        10
Down the dread void,—fall endless as their fate!
Already now they seem from world to world
For ages thrown; yet doomed, another past,
Another still to reach, nor e’er to reach the last!

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