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Alfred,Lord Tennyson : The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken1 sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi2
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire3 shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Alfred,Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)	1830

 
FOOTNOTES
1 a mythical sea monster; 2 tentacled sea creatures; 3 the Apocalypse
 

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