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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
Palabras Grandiosas
By Bayard Taylor (1825–1878)
After T—— B—— A——

I LAY i’ the bosom of the sun,
Under the roses dappled and dun.
I thought of the Sultan Gingerbeer,
In his palace beside the Bendemeer,
With his Afghan guards and his eunuchs blind,        5
And the harem that stretched for a league behind.
The tulips bent i’ the summer breeze,
Under the broad chrysanthemum trees,
And the minstrel, playing his culverin,
Made for mine ears a merry din.        10
If I were the Sultan, and he were I,
Here i’ the grass he should loafing lie,
And I should bestride my zebra steed,
And the ride of the hunt of the centipede;
While the pet of the harem, Dandeline,        15
Should fill me a crystal bucket of wine,
And the kislar aga, Up-to-Snuff,
Should wipe my mouth when I sighed “Enough!”
And the gay court-poet, Fearfulbore,
Should sit in the hall when the hunt was o’er,        20
And chant me songs of silvery tone,
Not from Hafiz, but—mine own!
Ah, wee sweet love, beside me here,
I am not the Sultan Gingerbeer,
Nor you the odalisque Dandeline,        25
Yet I am yourn, and you are mine!

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