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First Line: Thou that in fury with thy knotted tail
Last Line: Unburied till an earthquake digs his grave.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Animals; Lions


THOU that in fury with thy knotted tail
Hast made this iron floor thy beaten drum;
That now in silence walks thy little space --
Like a sea-captain -- careless what may come:

What power has brought your majesty to this,
Who gave those eyes their dull and sleepy look;
Who took their lightning out, and from thy throat
The thunder when the whole wide forest shook?

It was that man who went again, alone,
Into thy forest dark -- Lord, he was brave!
That man a fly has killed, whose bones are left
Unburied till an earthquake digs his grave.





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