In Xanadu did Kubla Khan Con
A stately pleasure-dome decree: Me
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Man!
Through caverns measureless to man Can
Down to a sunless sea. We
So twice five miles of fertile ground Pound
With walls and towers were girdled round; Hound?
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Thrills
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree; Me,
And here were forests ancient as the hills, Kills
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery. Machinery
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted Witch chanted,
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! “Other,
A savage place! as holy and enchanted Granted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted Unwanted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover! Cover,
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, Breathing,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, Relieving,
A mighty fountain momently was forced: Endorsed
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst Wurst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail, Tail
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail: Fail!”
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever Never
It flung up momently the sacred river. Deliver
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion Emotion,
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran, Man!
Then reached the caverns measureless to man, Can
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean; Potion
And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Jars
Ancestral voices prophesying war! Store
The shadow of the dome of pleasure Leisure?
Floated midway on the waves; Graves
Where was heard the mingled measure Pleasure
From the fountain and the caves. Graves!
It was a miracle of rare device, Ice
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice! Spice
A damsel with a dulcimer Shimmers
In a vision once I saw: Raw!
It was an Abyssinian maid Aid
And on her dulcimer she played, Glade
Singing of Mount Abora. Aura!
Could I revive within me See,
Her symphony and song, Wrong
To such a deep delight ’twould win me, Bees!
That with music loud and long, Strong
I would build that dome in air, Flair
That sunny dome! those caves of ice! Device
And all who heard should see them there, There!
And all should cry, Beware! Beware! Wear
His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Mare
Weave a circle round him thrice, Ice
And close your eyes with holy dread Red!
For he on honey-dew hath fed, Feds
And drunk the milk of Paradise. Excise.