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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
Birds of Passage
Flight the Fifth.
King Trisanku
VISWAMITRA the Magician,
  By his spells and incantations,
Up to Indra’s realms elysian
  Raised Trisanku, king of nations.
Indra and the gods offended        5
  Hurled him downward, and descending
In the air he hung suspended,
  With these equal powers contending.
Thus by aspirations lifted,
  By misgivings downward driven,        10
Human hearts are tossed and drifted
  Midway between earth and heaven.

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