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12
A CARCASS.

The flies the putrid belly buzz'd about,
 Whence black battalions throng
Of maggots, like thick liquid flowing out
 The living rags along.


And as a wave they mounted and went down.
 Or darted sparkling wide ;
As if the body, by a wild breath blown,
 Lived as it multiplied.


From all this life a music strange there ran.
 Like wind and running burns;
Or like the wheat a winnower in his fan
 With rhythmic movement turns.


The forms wore off, and as a dream grew faint,
 An outline dimly shown.
And which the artist finishes to paint
 From memory alone.


Behind the rocks watch'd us with angry eye
 A bitch disturb'd in theft,
"Waiting to take, till we had pass'd her by,
 The morsel she had left.