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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Siva, Destroyer

By George Perry (1828–1888)

[Born in Richmond, Mass., 1828. Died in New York, N. Y., 1888. Written shortly before his death.—The Home Journal. 1888.]

WHOSE voice shall say him nay?

Whose arm shall bar his way?

Lord of unbounded sway!

Siva, Destroyer.

Proud kings, whose lightest breath

To men is life or death,

Heeds he your ruth or wrath?

Siva, Destroyer.

Mother with bleeding breast

Bowed o’er thy birdling’s nest,

Shall thy last woe arrest

Siva, Destroyer?

Maiden with eyes of love

Fixed on the heaven above,

Hast thou a prayer to move

Siva, Destroyer?

Youth of the lion heart,

Brave for life’s noblest art,

Shall fame’s fair glory thwart

Siva, Destroyer?

Earth, in thy sweet array,

Bride of celestial day,

Hast thou one bloom to stay

Siva, Destroyer?

Stars on the dome of night,

Climbing to your far height

Do ye escape his might?

Siva, Destroyer.

What voice shall say him nay,

What arm shall bar his way,

Lord of unbounded sway!

Siva, Destroyer.