William Vaughn Moody

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Unto this twain, man-child and womanchild,
I give the passion of this element;
This seed of longing, substance of this love;
This power, this purity, this annihilation.
Let their hands light the altar of the world.
'T is yours forever. I have brought it home!

William Vaughn Moody (July 8 1869October 17 1910) was a U.S. dramatist and poet.

Quotes[edit]

  • Passion is power,
    And, kindly tempered, saves. All things declare
    Struggle hath deeper peace than sleep can bring.
    • The Masque of Judgment (1900), Act III, Sc. 2

The Fire-Bringer (1904)[edit]

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Hark, below, the many-voiced earth,
The chanting of the old religious trees,
Rustle of far-off waters, woven sounds
Of small and multitudinous lives awake,
Peopling the grasses and the pools with joy,
Uttering their meaning to the mystic night!
  • Time softly there
    Laughs through the abyss of radiance with the gods.
    • Act II
  • The gods despise enforcèd offerings.
    When the heart brings its dearest and its last
    Then only will they hear—if then, if then!
    • Act II
  • Bring me your children hither.

    Unto this twain, man-child and womanchild,
    I give the passion of this element;
    This seed of longing, substance of this love;
    This power, this purity, this annihilation.
    Let their hands light the altar of the world.
    'T is yours forever. I have brought it home!
  • Hark, below, the many-voiced earth,
    The chanting of the old religious trees,
    Rustle of far-off waters, woven sounds
    Of small and multitudinous lives awake,
    Peopling the grasses and the pools with joy,
    Uttering their meaning to the mystic night!
    • ' Act II

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