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By L. C. Hodgson.
(Written Especially for The Day Book.)
Out of the fog and the shrouded night
Leaps a shape of terror and fright, ,
Rising hideous up from the deep
To break with a shriek o'er the towers of sleep
And a reeling death rears over the foam:
"I give ye the dungeons of death for home."
The great ice bulk with a sudden wrath
Grins with hate from its sunken path
Ana smites the palace of wind and wavq,
To plunge it deep in the leering wave.
Out of the chaos the reeking wail
Of men and wonien whose faces pale,
And whose hearts grow cold in the face of death
Shriveled and torn in the .monsters breath !
And the rich man's diamonds turn to dust,
To laugh in his face and mock his lust; ,
His gleaming treasures will never buy
A glimpse of the sun in. the next day's sky.
The peasant mother wakes from the dream
That carried her on where the new lands gleam,
And gives here again to a strong man's heart
The dream that the terror rives apart.
Out of the deep with death at the wheel,
Together the prince and the pauper kneel.
And God looks down on the awful day,
That mixes the human in common clay.
Then out of the terror one blazing star
Flames its light o'er the world afar,
As mart grows man in that awful hour
And rises up to a Go,d-like power.
Sure and still in the face ofrdeati,