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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Ashurnatsirpal the Third
By Carl Sandburg
 
From “Assyrian Tablets”
From the Fourth Millennium, B.C.—(Free translation)

THREE walls around the town of Tela when I came.
They expected everything of those walls; nobody in the town came out to kiss my feet.
 
I knocked the walls down, killed three thousand soldiers,
Took away cattle and sheep, took all the loot in sight,
And burned special captives.        5
 
Some of the soldiers—I cut off hands and feet.
Others—I cut off nose, ears, fingers.
Some—I put out the eyes.
I made a pyramid of heads.
I strung heads on trees circling the town.        10
 
When I got through with it
There wasn’t much left of the town of Tela.
 
 
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