Treasure Island

George Meredith

(12 February 1828 – 18 May 1909 / Portsmouth, England)

A Reading Of Life--The Vital Choice


I.

Or shall we run with Artemis
Or yield the breast to Aphrodite?
Both are mighty;
Both give bliss;
Each can torture if divided;
Each claims worship undivided,
In her wake would have us wallow.

II.

Youth must offer on bent knees
Homage unto one or other;
Earth, the mother,
This decrees;
And unto the pallid Scyther
Either points us shun we either
Shun or too devoutly follow.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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