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[370] Proud in the Syrian sun,
     In gold and purple sheen,
The dusky Ethiop queen
     Smiled on King Solomon.

Wisest of men, he knew
     The languages of all
The creatures great or small
     That trod the earth or flew.

Across an ant-hill led
     The king's path, and he heard
Its small folk, and their word
     He thus interpreted:

“Here comes the king men greet
     As wise and good and just,
To crush us in the dust
     Under his heedless feet.”

The great king bowed his head,
     And saw the wide surprise
Of the Queen of Sheba's eyes
     As he told her what they said.

‘O king!’ she whispered sweet,
     “Too happy fate have they
Who perish in thy way
     Beneath thy gracious feet!

“Thou of the God-lent crown,
     Shall these vile creatures dare
Murmur against thee where
     The knees of kings kneel down?”

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