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Full text of "The Dynasts : Parts First And Second"

SCENE ii                    PART FIRS1
When all such tedious conjuring could be shunned
By uncreation ?   Howsoever 'wise
The governance of these massed mortalities,
A juster wisdom his who should have ruled
They had not been.
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
Nay, something hidden urged The giving matter motion ; and these coils Are, maybe, good as any.
SPIRIT OF THE PITIES
But why any ?
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
Sprite of Compassions, ask the Immanent / I am but an accessory of Its works, Whom the Ages render conscious ; and at most Figure as bounden witness of Its laws.
SPIRIT OF THE PITIES
How ask the aim of unrelaxing Will Tranced in Its purpose to unknowingness ? (If thy words, Ancient Phantom, token true).
SPIRIT OF THE YEARS
Thou answerest well.    But cease to ask of me. Meanwhile the mime proceeds. We turn herefrom, Change our homuncules, and observe forthwith How the High Influence sways the English realm. And how the jacks lip out their reasonings there.
The Cloud-curtain draws.