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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
II. The Children of the Night
8. Two Men
THERE be two men of all mankind
  That I should like to know about;
But search and question where I will,
  I cannot ever find them out.
Melchizedek, he praised the Lord,        5
  And gave some wine to Abraham;
But who can tell what else he did
  Must be more learned than I am.
Ucalegon, he lost his house
  When Agamemnon came to Troy;       10
But who can tell me who he was—
  I’ll pray the gods to give him joy.
There be two men of all mankind
  That I’m forever thinking on:
They chase me everywhere I go,—       15
  Melchizedek, Ucalegon.



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