Verse > W.B. Yeats > The Wild Swans at Coole

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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