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The Kraken

         
      Below the thunders of the upper deep;
      Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
      His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
      The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
      About his shadowy sides: above him swell
      Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
      And far away into the sickly light,
      From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
      Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
      Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
      There hath he lain for ages and will lie
      Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
      Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
      Then once by man and angels to be seen,
      In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
       


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