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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1277. Mohammed and Seid
 
By Harrison Smith Morris
 
 
SWEPT by the hot wind, stark, untrackable,
The stony desert stretches to the sky.
Deep-printed shadows at the tent-door lie,
And camels slumber by the burning well.
One weeps within, wrinkled and dusk of face,        5
White-haired and lordly, o’er the new-brought dead:
Mohammed over Seid, who loved and read
Truth in the master when a fierce disgrace
Burned in his blood and none would heed the word.
“Behold the Prophet how he mourns a slave!”        10
So the slave’s daughter, and Mohammed heard:
“A friend has lost a friend. What Allah gave
His wisdom takes. He never yet has erred!”
Thus said, and made the slain a martial grave.
 

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