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First Line: Who are you that so strangely woke
Last Line: In my land.


"WHO are you that so strangely woke,
And raised a fine hand?"
Poverty wears a scarlet cloke
In my land.

"Duchies of dreamland, emerald, rose
Lie at your command?"
Poverty like a princess goes
In my land.

"Wherefore the mask of silken lace
Tied with a golden band?"
Poverty walks with wanton grace
In my land.

"Why do you softly, richly speak
Rhythm so sweetly-scanned?"
Poverty hath the Gaelic and Greek
In my land.

"There's a far-off scent about you seems
Born in Samarkand."
Poverty hath luxurious dreams
In my land.

"You have wounds that like passion-flowers you hide:
I cannot understand."
Poverty hath one name with Pride
In my land.

"Oh! Will you draw your last sad breath
'Mid bitter bent and sand?"
Poverty begs from none but Death
In my land.





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