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Robert Louis Stevenson (Роберт Льюис Стивенсон)


Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 29. To Kalakaua


      (With a present of a Pearl)

THE Silver Ship, my King - that was her name
In the bright islands whence your fathers came -
The Silver Ship, at rest from winds and tides,
Below your palace in your harbour rides:
And the seafarers, sitting safe on shore,
Like eager merchants count their treasures o'er.
One gift they find, one strange and lovely thing,
Now doubly precious since it pleased a king.

The right, my liege, is ancient as the lyre
For bards to give to kings what kings admire.
'Tis mine to offer for Apollo's sake;
And since the gift is fitting, yours to take.
To golden hands the golden pearl I bring:
The ocean jewel to the island king.

    Honolulu, Feb. 3, 1889.



Robert Louis Stevenson's other poems:
  1. A Child's Garden of Verses. Envoys 5. To My Name-child
  2. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 8. TO you, let snow and roses
  3. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 20. To -
  4. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 12. We Have Loved of Yore
  5. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 25. If This Were Faith


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