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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
Siro Delmonico
By Samuel Ward
HE lieth low whose constant art
  For years the daily feasts purveyed
Of wayfarers from every mart,
  The Paladins of every trade.
And yet to-night gay music stirs        5
  The halls he strolled through yestere’en,
And mantles high the wine that spurs
  The revellers by him unseen.
Le Roi est mort! Vive le Roi!
  One leader drops, another comes;        10
On flows the dance,—a stream of joy
  Staccatoed by the muffled drums
That soon for us shall mark the tread
  Of mourning friends and chanting priests.
Ah! there are other banquets spread        15
  Than Siro’s memorable feasts.

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