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Poem by William Makepeace Thackeray


Commanders Of The Faithful


The Pope he is a happy man,
His Palace is the Vatican,
And there he sits and drains his can:
The Pope he is a happy man.
I often say when Im at home,
Id like to be the Pope of Rome.
And then theres Sultan Saladin,
That Turkish Soldan full of sin;
He has a hundred wives at least,
By which his pleasure is increased:
Ive often wished, I hope no sin,
That I were Sultan Saladin.
But no, the Pope no wife may choose,
And so I would not wear his shoes;
No wine may drink the proud Paynim,
And so Id rather not be him:
My wife, my wine, I love, I hope,
And would be neither Turk nor Pope.



                      William Makepeace Thackeray


William Makepeace Thackeray's other poems:
  1. A Woeful New Ballad of the Protestant Conspiracy to Take the Popes Life
  2. Lines upon My Sisters Portrait
  3. A Doe in the City
  4. Mrs. Katherines Lantern
  5. The King Of Brentfords Testament


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