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MAHMED, by            
First Line: These words were lightly spoken, 'please, mahmed
Last Line: I've yet to find another man more loyal through and through.
Subject(s): Loyalty; Muhammad, The Prophet (570-632); Mahomet; Mohammed


These words were lightly spoken, "Please, Mahmed, pray for me,
As in the Delhi Mosque you go, midst that great crowd I see."
Like a flash there came the answer, "Nay, Sa'b, it's alle same,
Mohammed is his prophet, but your God's is my God's name."
Tall and lithe he stood there, straight as his own palm tree,
With his cameo-like features, carved in bronze he seemed to be.
By day he gave us service, was interpreter and guide,
By night he warded danger off, slept by our door, outside.
No other than Mohammedan hand could touch the food he ate,
Many a weary mile he trod of such food to partake.
And if perchance he found no way to keep those tenets true,
He did without his scanty food, as no Christian's apt to do.
His faithfulness to all his work was absolute and true.
I've yet to find another man more loyal through and through.





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