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The reed immortal.

Inscribed to the Boston Papyrus Club.
[Pliny tells us that the Egyptians regarded the papyrus as an emblem of immortality.]

Reed of the stagnant waters,
Far in the Eastern lands,
Rearing thy peaceful daughters
In sight of the storied sands!
Armies and fleets defying
Have swept by that quiet spot,
But thine is the life undying,
Theirs is the tale forgot.

The legions of Alexander
Are scattered and gone and fled,
And the queen who ruled commander
Over Antony, is dead;

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