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[371] ‘Nay,’ Solomon replied,
     “The wise and strong should seek
The welfare of the weak,”
     And turned his horse aside.

His train, with quick alarm,
     Curved with their leader round
The ant-hill's peopled mound,
     And left it free from harm.

The jewelled head bent low;
     ‘O king!’ she said, “henceforth
The secret of thy worth
     And wisdom well I know.

“Happy must be the State
     Whose ruler heedeth more
The murmurs of the poor
     Than flatteries of the great.”

1877.

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