‘Look-Out Mountain’ by Herman Melville

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by Herman Melville

“WHO inhabiteth the Mountain
That it shines in lurid light,
And is rolled about with thunders,
And terrors, and a blight,
Like Kaf the peak of Eblis-
Kaf, the evil height?
Who has gone up with a shouting
And a trumpet in the night?

There is battle in the Mountain-
Might assaulteth Might;
‘Tis the fastness of the Anarch,
Torrent-torn, an ancient height;
The crags resound the clangor
Of the war of Wrong and Right;
And the armies in the valley
Watch and pray for dawning light.

Joy, joy, the day is breaking,
And the cloud is rolled from sight;
There is triumph in the Morning
For the Anarch’s plunging flight;
God has glorified the Mountain
Where a banner burneth bright,
And the armies of the valley”

Herman Melville died on this day in 1891, you can read more of his works through Surrey Libraries.

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