"Universal Darkness Buries All"

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Context: At the end of this poem, the poet shows all England delivered over to the Goddess Dulness, who says, ". . . make one mighty Dunciad of the land." At her word, churches, chapels, and schools lose their sense, the people yawn and sleep. Army, navy, and diplomatic corps all sleep, too. With the muse's help the poet shows primeval night and chaos creeping across the land to take possession. Art after art leaves the scene; truth flies to a cavern; philosophy and morality expire. Nothing is left in the world once Dulness establishes her empire:

For public flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human spark is left, nor glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire, Chaos! is restor'd;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;
And universal Darkness buries all.

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