Excerpt from The Path of Destiny, and Other Poems The Path of Destiny and Other Poems. Upon the right the ocean softly heaved, And murmured still its tune perpetual -Which came to me as if it sadly grieved, That it could only ever rise and fall, And mirror the vain blue, which formed a wallTo separate it from Eternity, That its voice only to the Earth could call, And it a part of Earth must ever be -The Ocean fettered! the fond symbol of the Free! Nothing is free! What art thou, Freedom? WhatArt thy wild claims? Pretentions, silly childOf Man's excited brain! Product of HateAnd Bigotry and clutching Meanness! Wild -Wild Fantasy of little oppression piledUpon a little hater, watched with darkBut blazing eyes, and every movement smiledAt, from where the bright-wreathed ape, small and stark, Is lolling - luxury, law, on every chance remark! Why this? 'Tis but a drugged craving ofA sort - Mankind! He turns, and is ashamedOf his weakness; and Shame kws t of Love!In fury he arises - sees he's lamed -And is content with naught till all is maimed, Till all is torn to him, and drowned in blood -Blood that is spilt to make the bleeder famed!Ather God - or many - then intrude, -Are blessed and praised and worshipped by the Multitude! And then that is relief! Relief from what?Relief from what they had before: reliefFrom the desire to have what they had sought!But what instead? A meek, transient belief -Demoniac happiness to turn to grief -A craving to be drugged again, and growTill Man to Love and Life and God be deaf, -Degenerated to a thing to bowTo Hate and Crime and Lust and bloody death in Woe! I turned and gazed upon my left: A painStretched forth an, and mingled with the sky, Where both were lost in mutual love and pain, As is a lover's face in lover's eye: About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.