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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The World: A Ghazel
By James Clarence Mangan (1803–1849)
TÒ this khan, and from this khan
  How many pilgrims came and went too!
In this khan, and by this khan
  What arts were spent, what hearts were rent too!
To this khan and from this khan        5
  (Which, for penance, man is sent to)
Many a van and caravan
  Crowded came, and shrouded went too.
Christian man and Mussulman,
  Guebre, heathen, Jew, and Gentoo,        10
To this khan, and from this khan,
  Weeping came, and sleeping went too.
A riddle this since time began,
  Which many a sage his mind hath bent to:
All came, all went; but never man        15
  Knew whence they came, or where they went to!

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