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MAGYAR, by            
First Line: Forget with me this babbling, scented room
Last Line: A hundred decades... And we love once more!
Variant Title(s): Mongol
Subject(s): Hungary; Immortality


Forget with me this babbling, scented room.
Your high cheek bones, the flaring lift of brow
Speak of a stronger clan. Can we resume
That night a thousand years ago -- and now

Brought back to me by your fierce tenderness?
Touching your cheek that holds the desert stain,
Giving to me its unashamed caress --
I ride once more across a moonlit plain

And see a tented city -- a swift pack
Of savage horsemen giving eager tongue --
Your hot disdain is close upon our track,
A baffled suitor's futile lance is flung...

From steel-rimmed hoof to purr of cushioned wheel --
From desert sand to polished ball-room floor --
The lights, the music, and your beauty steal
A hundred decades... and we love once more!





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