Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TREASON, by JOHN DRINKWATER

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First Line: What time I write my roundelays
Last Line: I am as derelict as he.
Subject(s): Solomon (10th Century B.c.)

WHAT time I write my roundelays,
I am as proud as princes gone,
Who built their empires in old days,
As Tamburlaine or Solomon;
And wisely though companions then
Say well it is and well I sing,
Assured above the praise of men
I am a solitary king.

But when I leave that straiter mood,
That lonely hour, and put aside
The continence of solitude,
I fall in treason to my pride,
And if a witling's word be spent
Upon my song in jealousy,
In anger and in argument
I am as derelict as he.

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