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Poem Title:  Lycus The Centaur

Poem Category:  Mystical/ Mythology

Poet:  Thomas Hood

Poet Biography: 
Thomas Hood (1799-1845) was an English poet who is sometimes dismissed as a 'lesser poet' of the Romantic Era. During his lifetime he was best known for his comic poems. Today, he is better known for his more serious work such as "The Song of the Shirt"



Poem: 
FROM AN UNROLLED MANUSCRIPT OF APOLLONIUS CURIUS


(The Argument: Lycus, detained by Circe in her magical dominion, is beloved by a Water Nymph, who, desiring to render him immortal, has recourse to the Sorceress. Circe gives her an incantation to pronounce, which should turn Lycus into a horse; but the horrible effect of the charm causing her to break off in the midst, he becomes a Centaur).



Who hath ever been lured and bound by a spell
To wander, fore-doomed, in that circle of hell
Where Witchery works with her will like a god,
Works more than the wonders of time at a nod,


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