FRAGMENTS OF A LOST GNOSTIC POEM OF THE TWELFTH
by: Herman Melville (1819-1891)
- OUND a family,
build a state,
- The pledged event is still the same:
- Matter in end will never abate
- His ancient brutal claim.
- Indolence is heaven's ally here,
- And energy the child of hell:
- The Good Man pouring from his pitcher clear
- But brims the poisoned well.
POEMS BY HERMAN MELVILLE
"Fragments of a Lost Gnostic
Poem of the Twelfth Century" was originally published in
Timoleon. Herman Melville. Caxton Press, 1891.