Enslav'd, the Daughters of Albion weep; a trembling lamentation
Upon their mountains; in their valleys,
sighs toward America.
For the soft soul of America, Oothoon, wander'd in woe
Along the vales of Leutha, seeking flowers to
And thus she spoke to the bright Marigold of Leutha's vale:-
Art thou a flower? art thou a nymph? I see thee now a flower,
Now a nymph! I dare not pluck thee from
thy dewy bed!
The Golden nymph replied: `Pluck thou my flower, Oothoon the mild!
Another flower shall spring, because
the soul of sweet delight
Can never pass away.' She ceas'd, and clos'd her golden shrine.
Then Oothoon pluck'd the flower, saying: `I pluck thee from thy bed,
Sweet flower, and put thee here to
glow between my breasts;
And thus I turn my face to where my whole soul seeks.'
Over the waves she went in wing'd exulting swift delight,
And over Theotormon's reign took her impetuous
Bromion rent her with his thunders; on his stormy bed
Lay the faint maid, and soon her woes appall'd his
Bromion spoke: `Behold this harlot here on Bromion's bed,
And let the jealous dolphins sport around the
Thy soft American plains are mine, and mine thy north and south:
Stamp'd with my signet
are the swarthy children of the sun;
They are obedient, they resist not, they obey the scourge;z
daughters worship terrors and obey the violent.
Now thou may'st marry Bromion's harlot, and protect the
Of Bromion's rage, that Oothoon shall put forth in nine moons' time.'
Then storms rent Theotormon's limbs: he roll'd his waves around,
And folded his black jealous waters
round the adulterate pair.
Bound back to back in Bromion's caves, terror and meekness dwell:
At entrance Theotormon sits, wearing the threshold hard
With secret tears; beneath him sound like waves
on a desert shore
The voice of slaves beneath the sun, and children bought with money,
That shiver in
religious caves beneath the burning fires
Of lust, that belch incessant from the summits of the earth.
Oothoon weeps not; she cannot weep, her tears are lockèd up;
But she can howl incessant, writhing her
soft snowy limbs,
And calling Theotormon's Eagles to prey upon her flesh.
`I call with holy voice! Kings of the sounding air,
Rend away this defilèd bosom that I may reflect
of Theotormon on my pure transparent breast.'
The Eagles at her call descend and rend their bleeding prey:
Theotormon severely smiles; her soul reflects
As the clear spring, muddied with feet of beasts, grows pure and smiles.
The Daughters of Albion hear her woes, and echo back her sighs.
`Why does my Theotormon sit weeping upon the threshold,
And Oothoon hovers by his side, persuading
him in vain?
I cry: Arise, O Theotormon! for the village dog
Barks at the breaking day; the nightingale has