REH Word of the Week: maze


transitive verb

1. to stupefy, daze; confuse, bewilder

[origin (amaze): before 12th century; Middle English amasen, from Old English amasian, from a- (perfective prefix) + masian to confuse]


A beggar, singing without:
“Now are the stars upbraiding!
Strange and futile and fading—
This is a moon-mazed world!
Ere ever the stars were raiding
Or the first faint sail unfurled,
The gods were mazed at the riddle
And the priests made dreams and lies
That man should fry on a griddle
Or ride the horse of the skies.
And what is life but a vision,
And what are the rules of the game
But a cynical high derision
That laughs at glory and shame?”

[from UNTITLED (“A beggar, singing without:”); this is the complete poem as seen in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 439 and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 106]