Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
The Hymn of Force
By William Roscoe Thayer (Paul Hermes) (1859–1923)
I AM eternal!
  I throb through the ages;
I am the master
  Of each of Life’s stages.
I quicken the blood        5
  Of the mate-craving lover;
The age-frozen heart
  With daisies I cover.
Down through the ether
  I hurl constellations;        10
Up from their earth-bed
  I wake the carnations.
I laugh in the flame
  As I kindle and fan it;
I crawl in the worm;        15
  I leap in the planet.
Forth from its cradle
  I pilot the river;
In lightning and earthquake
  I flash and I quiver.        20
My breath is the wind;
  My bosom the ocean;
My form’s undefined;
  My essence is motion.
The braggarts of science        25
  Would weigh and divide me;
Their wisdom evading,
  I vanish and hide me.
My glances are rays
  From stars emanating;        30
My voice through the spheres
  Is sound, undulating.
I am the monarch
  Uniting all matter;
The atoms I gather,        35
  The atoms I scatter.
I pulse with the tides—
  Now hither, now thither;
I grant the tree sap;
  I bid the bud wither.        40
I always am present,
  Yet nothing can bind me;
Like thought, evanescent,
  They lose me who find me.

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