"The foam globes round come riding fast" ["The Source of the Arveron"] [poem]
The foam globes round come riding fast 1
Like snow upon the eddies cast
Forth from his cold & silent tomb
Forth flies the river from the gloom 2
The bars that echoed to his roaring
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Those icy bars have burst before him
And now his chafed surges see
Bound high in laughing liberty
Oh frigidly the glacier pale
Bears broadly to the nether vale
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Right in his cliffy shivered side
Yawneth a chasm high & wide
And from the portal arched & strong
Leap Springs gladsome forth the Arveron
Seems it an ancient forteresse a
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All shattered in its mightiness
The higher towers all rent & riven
The battlements all downward driven b
And that its form thou now couldst trace
Froze to an icy wilderness. c
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And that its portal vast & old
All arched by the crisp ice cold.
And through whose chasms of paly green
The shivery sunshine shot between
Or trembling with a meteor light
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Or dancing in the billows bright
Smiling aetherially through
The ghostlights of the crystal blue.