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First Line: Absalom! Absalom!
Last Line: Absalom, absalom.
Alternate Author Name(s): Benson, A. C.
Subject(s): Absalom; Jews; Judaism


ABSALOM! Absalom!
Put back thy fragrant hair!
Loud is the city's hum.
Why dost thy linger there
To set soft hearts on fire?
That thou may'st reign and be
What mainly men desire
What best it liketh there?
Hark to the City's hum,
Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!
Canst thou not clearer see
The thronging forms that came
Beneath the branching tree?
The green ways of the wood,
And dropping from the dart
The small dull pool of blood
That drains the traitorous heart?
See the dim forms that come,
Absalom, Absalom.





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