Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Fragments Of A Lost Gnostic Poem Of The Twelfth Century - Poem by Herman Melville

Found a family, build a state,
The pledged event is still the same:
Matter in end will never abate
His ancient brutal claim.

Indolence is heaven’s ally here,
And energy the child of hell:
The Good Man pouring from his pitcher clear
But brims the poisoned well.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 17, 2010



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