1. archaic. a huge serpent; a mythical animal usually represented as a monstrous winged and scaly serpent or saurian with a crested head and enormous claws
[origin: 13th century; Middle English, from Anglo-French dragun, from Latin dracon, draco serpent, ragon, from Greek drakon serpent; akin to Old English torht bright, Greek derkesthai to see, look at]
Now in the gloom the pulsing drums repeat,
And all the night is filled with evil sound;
I hear the throbbing of inhuman feet
On marble stairs that silence locks around.
I see black temples loom against the night,
With tentacles like serpents writhed afar,
And waving in a dusky dragon light
Great moths whose wings unholy tapers char.
Red memory on memory, tier on tier,
Builds up a tower, time and space to span;
Through world on world I rise, and sphere on sphere,
To star-shot gulfs of lunacy and fear—
Black screaming ages never dreamed by man.
Was this your plan, foul spawn of cosmic mire,
To freeze my soul to stone and icy fire,
To carve me in the moon that all mankind
May know its race is futile, weak and blind—
A horror-blasted statue in the sky,
That does not live and nevermore can die?
[from “Babel“; this is the complete poem as it appears in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 241 Always Comes Evening, p. 106 and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 478]