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Edwin Arlington Robinson - Siege Perilous

Long warned of many terrors more severe 
To scorch him than hell’s engines could awaken, 
He scanned again, too far to be so near, 
The fearful seat no man had ever taken. 

So many other men with older eyes
Than his to see with older sight behind them 
Had known so long their one way to be wise,— 
Was any other thing to do than mind them? 

So many a blasting parallel had seared 
Confusion on his faith,—could he but wonder
If he were mad and right, or if he feared 
God’s fury told in shafted flame and thunder? 

There fell one day upon his eyes a light 
Ethereal, and he heard no more men speaking; 
He saw their shaken heads, but no long sight
Was his but for the end that he went seeking. 

The end he sought was not the end; the crown 
He won shall unto many still be given. 
Moreover, there was reason here to frown: 
No fury thundered, no flame fell from heaven. 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Siege Perilous
Poem of the Day: May 11 2007
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