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Poem by Jean Ingelow


An Ancient Chess Set


Haply some Rajah first in ages gone
Amid his languid ladies finger'd thee,
While a black nightingale, sun-swart as he,
Sang his one wife, love's passionate orison:
Haply thou mayst have pleased old Prester John
Among his pastures, when full royally
He sat in tent--grave shepherds at his knee--
While lamps of balsam winked and glimmered on.

What dost thou here? Thy masters are all dead.
My heart is full of ruth and yearning pain
At sight of thee, O king that hast a crown
Outlasting theirs, and tells of greatness fled
Through cloud-hung nights of unabated rain
And murmur of the dark majestic town. 



Jean Ingelow


Jean Ingelow's other poems:
  1. Perdita
  2. The Measureless Gulfs Of Air Are Full Of Thee
  3. Grand Is The Leisure Of The Earth
  4. Requiescat In Pace!
  5. Sweet Are His Ways Who Rules Above


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