tasks assign’d

give ear, hear!
know the tasks assign’d to the chief of arms and to his shadow and his slunk-on-high
his signed card his damned invention-undo and his care-less planet steal

hear!
know the tasks assign’d to the clerical deadbeats and to their sleepy saint
their slight regard their bedding-couches their imprison’d-essences and their grosser air

[mr devil …?]

hear!
know the tasks assign’d to the british throne and their whiten sheets and perspiring funk
their nothing allowed their proferred blushes and airs and flounce and furbelow

[mr devil are tasks assign’d to …?]

hear!
know the tasks assign’d to satan and his eyes of damned black beetles
to the bearer of the ticket and the single gate the steel pinions the guard and the shoot allowed

[mr devil are tasks assign’d to elves fays and pale faeries to their nothing-of-earth
dream extracts golden clouds brighter rainbows boundless mists and kindly rain?]

give ear, hear!
by the spheres and the laws eternal
know the various tasks are assign’d
all are assign’d

all you humbler less glorious less refined
– smile and l’ll let you in