Huxley Ikonoklastes

New York Daily Graphic (1876)

Grand in the light the sacred records throw
    Old Moses stands, a hero of all time–
    Lawgiver, prophet: on his form sublime
Wrought with his art great Michael Angelo.
And Milton, whose blind eyes with clearer ray
    Grand visions saw, and fixed with mighty pen,
    Unwielded yet by hands of newer men,

The vision of Creation's primal day–
Stands ever, and shall stand while Time shall be,
    A shadow of that God of whom he spake.
    Not thou, O Huxley! though thy frame should break,
Can'st harm these giants, hew them mightily.
    Hold off! hold off! and go thy chosen way,
Nor Moses with thy fictious Milton seek to slay.


C. Blinderman & D. Joyce
Clark University