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SONGS FROM THE SEARCH OF BELISARIUS: THE GIRL'S SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me! If you found me in a mart
Last Line: And dream of me?
Subject(s): Belisarius (505-565); Constantinople; Generals; Istambul; Byzantium


Tell me! If you found me in a mart
In Asia, where mild-faced camels pass,
Bearing slave-girls from far-off Circass;
Tell me now, yes truly, from your heart!
As we stood there, shamefaced, meek,
You, a prince, espy me,
Bartered for by merchants sleek;
Would you buy me?

Tell me! If you found me where men sin
In cities; day's weary toil, at night,
Changing for unchaste, unblest delight;
Tell me as you hope my soul to win!
For what others offered you,
Love, could you refuse me?
Spite of all that they might do,
Would you choose me?

Dainty women, if they passed your way
Or stopped? Queens and ladies, fair to see,
Looked at you, and smiled imploringly?
Tell me, for I cannot longer stay!
Would you close your precious eyes
Tight to their vanity,
Shapely breasts and marble thighs,
And dream of me?





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