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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

7. Solomon to Sheba


SANG Solomon to Sheba, 
And kissed her dusky face, 
‘All day long from mid-day 
We have talked in the one place, 
All day long from shadowless noon         5
We have gone round and round 
In the narrow theme of love 
Like an old horse in a pound.’ 
  
To Solomon sang Sheba, 
Planted on his knees,  10
‘If you had broached a matter 
That might the learned please, 
You had before the sun had thrown 
Our shadows on the ground 
Discovered that my thoughts, not it,  15
Are but a narrow pound.’ 
  
Said Solomon to Sheba, 
And kissed her Arab eyes, 
‘There’s not a man or woman 
Born under the skies  20
Dare match in learning with us two, 
And all day long we have found 
There’s not a thing but love can make 
The world a narrow pound.’ 


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