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Poem by Richard Henry Stoddard


The Divan


        Persia

A LITTLE maid of Astrakan,
An idol on a silk divan;
She sits so still, and never speaks,
She holds a cup of mine;
'Tis full of wine, and on her cheeks
Are stains and smears of wine.

Thou little girl of Astrakan,
I join thee on the silk divan:
There is no need to seek the land,
The rich bazaars where rubies shine;
For mines are in that little hand,
And on those little cheeks of thine.



Richard Henry Stoddard


Richard Henry Stoddard's other poems:
  1. How are Songs Begot and Bred?
  2. Uncertain Sounds
  3. The Serenade of Ma-Han-Shan
  4. Silent Songs
  5. The Sledge at the Gate


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