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Robert William Service (Роберт Уильям Сервис)


Imagination


A gaunt and hoary slab of stone
I found in desert place,
And wondered why it lay alone
In that abandoned place.
Said I: 'Maybe a Palace stood
Where now the lizards crawl,
With courts of musky quietude
And turrets tall.

Maybe where low the vultures wing
'Mid mosque and minaret,
The proud pavilion of a King
Was luminously set.
'Mid fairy fountains, alcoves dim,
Upon a garnet throne
He ruled,--and now all trace of him
Is just this stone.

Ah well, I've done with wandering,
But from a blousy bar
I see with drunk imagining
A Palace like a star.
I build it up from one grey stone
With gardens hanging high,
And dream... Long, long ere Babylon
It's King was I.



Robert William Service's other poems:
  1. Inspiration
  2. Bed Sitter
  3. Cowardice
  4. Finality
  5. My Indian Summer


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • John Davidson (Джон Дэвидсон) Imagination ("There is a dish to hold the sea")

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