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A TURKISH LEGEND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A certain pasha, dead these thousand years
Last Line: "whereon is written, ""only god is great."
Subject(s): Legends, Turkish

A CERTAIN Pasha, dead these thousand years,
Once from his harem fled in sudden tears,

And had this sentence on the city's gate
Deeply engraven, "Only God is great."

So those four words above the city's noise
Hung like the accents of an angel's voice,

And evermore, from the high barbacan,
Saluted each returning caravan.

Lost is that city's glory. Every gust
Lifts, with crisp leaves, the unknown Pasha's dust.

And all is ruin -- save one wrinkled gate
Whereon is written, "Only God is great."

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