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ANTIGONE

Chorus.
Many a wonder lives and moves, but the wonder of all is
man,I. 1
That courseth over the grey ocean, carried of Southern
gale.
Faring amidst high-swelling seas that rudely surge
around.
And Earth, supreme of mighty Cods, eldest, imperishable.
Eternal, he with patient furrow wears and wears away
As year by year the plough-shares turn and
turn,—
Subduing her unwearied strength with children of the
steed.
And wound in woven coils of nets he seizeth for his
preyI. 2
The aëry tribe of birds and wilding armies of the
chase.
And sea-born millions of the deep—man is so crafty-
wise.
And now with engine of his wit he tameth to his will
The mountain-ranging beast whose lair is in the country
wild;
And now his yoke hath passed upon the mane
Of horse with proudly crested neck and tireless mountain
bull.

Wise utterance and wind-swift thought, and city-
moulding mind,II. 1
And shelter from the clear-eyed power of biting frost.
He hath taught him, and to shun the sharp, roof-penetrating
rain,—
Full of resource, without device he meets no coming
time;
From Death alone he shall not find reprieve;
No league may gain him that relief; but even for fell
disease.
That long hath baffled wisest leech, he hath contrived a
cure.