The imperishable phantoms, Love and Fame,
Nor Beauty, burning on the mist and mire
A fugitive uncapturable fire,
Nor God, that is a darkness and a name
Not these, not these my choric dreams acclaim,
But Death, the last and ultimate desire,
Great Death I praise with litany and lyre
And somber prayer implacably the same.
O, incommunicable hope that lies
Deep in despair, as tapers that illume
Some fearful fane's archaic, sacred gloom!
O, solace of all weary hearts and wise!
The dream which Satan hath for anodyne,
Which is to God a sweet and secret wine.