The Dream of Wilhelm II

By George Sterling

He, a colossus towering toward the spheres,
    With tyrant shadow casting triple night
    On Europe, saw with dominating sight
The great world-caldron seethe with futile tears,
And heard as with a god's commending ears
    The tread of armies whose resistless might
    Should stay mankind's advancement to the light,
But throne his dynasty a thousand years.

Then rose he from the conquered globe on wings
Such as in vision serve the will of kings,
    Till gazing from the violated skies
        He saw, below his battles' smoky bars,
    With flaming France and Russia for its eyes,
        Earth like a skull that glared upon the stars.

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