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Rhymes A La Mode - The Passing of Oedipous Post by :Duane Category :Poems Author :Andrew Lang Date :February 2012 Read :3372

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Rhymes A La Mode - The Passing of Oedipous

The Passing of Oedipous

(OEd. Col., 1655-1666.)


How OEdipous departed, who may tell
Save Theseus only? for there neither came
The burning bolt of thunder, and the flame
To blast him into nothing, nor the swell
Of sea-tide spurred by tempest on him fell.
But some diviner herald none may name
Called him, or inmost Earth's abyss became
The painless place where such a soul might dwell.

Howe'er it chanced, untouched of malady,
Unharmed by fear, unfollowed by lament,
With comfort on the twilight way he went,
Passing, if ever man did, wondrously;
From this world's death to life divinely rent,
Unschooled in Time's last lesson, how we die.

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