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SONG FOR THREE SONS, by            
First Line: Here lie the kingdoms of the world, my sons
Last Line: One rose, one dream, one woman and one star.
Subject(s): Sons


Here lie the kingdoms of the world, my sons,
For all to claim and none at last to keep.
This interlude dividing sleep from sleep,
This crystal glass through which the bright sand runs
Brings each his dawn and each the dark that stuns
The subtle brain and stills the proud heart's leap.
And those who know their own and make a heap
Of that alone become the gifted ones.

Here lies all treasure but a man must choose,
Lest too much in his grasp should forfeit all;
Or make his hoard of greed a shining bar
To destiny. Some things you must refuse
But pledge yourselves to these beyond recall:
One rose, one dream, one woman and one star.





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